NBC's upcoming "Hairspray Live" has cast Emmy and Tony Award winner Kristin Chenoweth as Velma Von Tussle, TheWrap has learned.
Von Tussle is the producer of "The Corny Collins Show," who will stop at nothing to make her daughter, Amber, the star that Velma never was. Her biggest foe is Tracy Turnblad (Maddie Baillio) and she'll do everything in her power to prevent the integration of the "Corny Collins Show," which Tracy wants so much.
"We are so excited and fortunate that Kristin — one of the best musical performers in the world — wants to come and play with us on 'Hairspray,'" Robert Greenblatt, chairman of NBC Entertainment, said. "Everything she does is incredible, going back to the iconic Glinda in 'Wicked,' and there's no one better to play Velma Von Tussle."
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NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 08: Kristen Chenoweth is seen during Fall 2013 Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts on February 8, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by John Parra/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 11: Matthew Morrison and Kristen Chenoweth performs onstage at 2011 MusiCares Person of the Year Tribute to Barbra Streisand at Los Angeles Convention Center on February 11, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)
NEW YORK - NOVEMBER 21: Kristen Chenoweth attends a portrait unveiling on Fame-Wall NYC at Trattoria Dopo Teatro on November 21, 2010 in New York City. (Photo by Taylor Hill/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK - JUNE 13: Sean Hayes and Kristen Chenoweth performs onstage during the 64th Annual Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall on June 13, 2010 in New York City. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)
Chenoweth won the Tony as Best Featured Actress in a Musical for the role of Sally in the 1999 production of "You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown." In one of her most memorable and popular performances, she turned in a Tony-nominated effort in 2004 for the role of Glinda the Good Witch in "Wicked."
As a television actress, Chenoweth won an Emmy in 2009 as Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series for her role in "Pushing Daisies." A year earlier she earned her first-ever Emmy nomination for "Pushing Daisies" and in 2010-11 was twice nominated for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series for "Glee."
Her other TV roles include appearances on the Emmy Award-winning drama "The West Wing," "Ugly Betty" and "Hot in Cleveland."
"Hairspray" through the years:
Hairspray through the years
Hairspray through the years
UNITED STATES - AUGUST 12: Actress Marissa Jaret Winokur can't do a thing with her wild, curly mane as she brushes her hair in the mirror at her W. 50th St. apartment. She's currently starring in the Broadway musical 'Hairspray.' (Photo by Pat Carroll/NY Daily News Archive via Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - AUGUST 12: Actress Marissa Jaret Winokur, who is is currently starring in the Broadway musical 'Hairspray,' at her W. 50th St. apartment. (Photo by Pat Carroll/NY Daily News Archive via Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - AUGUST 15: Cast of the Broadway musical 'Hairspray' acknowledges the cheers of the audience during a curtain call following their opening performance at the Neil Simon Theatre. (Photo by James Keivom/NY Daily News Archive via Getty Images)
NEW YORK- FEBRUARY 23: ***EXCLUSIVE*** Harvey Fierstein leaves the Neil Simon Theatre to present an award on the 2003 Grammy telecast dressed as 'Edna Turnblad' his character in John Waters 'Hairspray' February 23, 2003 in New York City. (Photo By Bruce Glikas/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - JUNE 8: (HOLLYWOOD REPORTER OUT) Actors Laura Bell Bundy (L) and Kerry Butler from 'Hairspray' attend the '57th Annual Tony Awards' at Radio City Music Hall on June 8, 2003 in New York City. The Tony Awards are presented by the League of American Theatres and Producers and the American Theatre Wing. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - JUNE 08: The cast of the musical 'Hairspray' perform during the 2003 Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall. The show garnered seven awards including Best Actress in a Musical for Marissa Jaret Winokur and Best Actor in a Musical for Harvey Firestein. (Photo by Richard Corkery/NY Daily News Archive via Getty Images)
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In addition to Chenoweth and Baillio, "Hairspray Live" stars Harvey Fierstein, who will recreate his iconic Tony Award-winning role as Edna; Oscar, Golden Globe and SAG Award winnerJennifer Hudson as Maybelle; Tony and Emmy winner Martin Short as Tracy's father Wilbur; and Emmy winner Derek Hough will play Collins.