The Tony Award-winning Broadway show Hairspray has been made into two movies and now a live TV event. In Hairspray Live! on NBC, Oscar Award winning singer/actress Jennifer Hudson (Dreamgirls) plays Motormouth Maybelle. In the original 1988 film by John Waters, the character was played by Ruth Brown who passed away before seeing Queen Latifah played Maybelle in the 2007 film. In the production, Maybelle sings the song “Big, Blonde and Beautiful.”
Hairpsray Live! the original soundtrack is now available on iTunes. Each song is $1.29. Hairspray Live! airs on Wednesday, December 7 at 8pm on NBC.
Here are the opening lyrics of “Big, Blonde and Beautiful” (composer Marc Shaiman, lyricist Scott Wittman)