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Jennifer Hudson Plans To Give A Hairspray Live! Performance That Will Move You Toward Change!

By   |   December 6, 2016   |   Entertainment

Hey DivaGals. Hairspray Live! is just a mere 24 and so hours away! We know you’ll be watching to see the highly-anticipated duet of Jennifer Hudson, who plays Motormouth Maybelle, and Ariana Grande (Penny Pingleton) as they belt out “Come So Far (Got So Far to Go).” And Jennifer herself can’t contain her glee over the pairing.

ΓÇ£I love singing with her,ΓÇ¥ the Oscar winner shared at the Hairspray Live! L.A. press junket. She stressed that itΓÇÖs not just her and Ariana singing. ΓÇ£WeΓÇÖre still in our characters.ΓÇ¥ ThatΓÇÖs important, since Jennifer feels so much of this production is in the music.

ΓÇ£Each verse is like a paragraph and another paragraph. But itΓÇÖs journey in the song. The message is in the song,ΓÇ¥ she explained. ΓÇ£We barely speak. We say two or three lines and all of a sudden youΓÇÖre in the song, and then the story has progressed. ItΓÇÖs a whole another moment — I feel like theater and being on Broadway taught me that.’

Jennifer also sings the pivotal song ΓÇ£Where IΓÇÖve Been,ΓÇ¥ discussing the struggle of African Americans during the sixties who fought for integration and their equal rights ΓÇô a struggle that is ringing loudly in todayΓÇÖs political climate.

ΓÇ£The emotion will be raw,ΓÇ¥ Jennifer declared. ΓÇ£And I don’t think that it’s any mistake that it’s now. ItΓÇÖs something┬áwe need. And I hope it’s not missed because it is a message. And I want it to be┬áin┬áthe moment. I keep saying this is not a song — it’s so far beyond. ItΓÇÖs a movement, a message, a journey.ΓÇ¥

We already know this is the kind of performance that people will want to see multiple times. Including Jennifer. ΓÇ£I feel like itΓÇÖs going to be something weΓÇÖre going to wanna watch over and over again,ΓÇ¥ she revealed. ΓÇ£ThatΓÇÖs the driving force to keep working ΓÇô the reward is to look back and see what weΓÇÖve done.ΓÇ¥

We think Motormouth Maybelle would wholeheartedly agree! See Hairspray Live! Wednesday, Dec. 7 at 8 p.m. (5 p.m. PST) on NBC.

photo credit: NBC

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