Rosie O’Donnell and Sean Hayes now have something else in common.
The two openly-gay stars played the parents of a boy on episodes of Will & Grace, both hosted the Tony Awards and have mixed television and film roles with work on Broadway.
Now both have been cast in NBC’s Hairspray Live!
Hayes will play Mr. Pinky, the dress shop owner who sponsors Tracy Turnblad in a dance competition.
O’Donnell, meanwhile, has been cast as the gym teacher.
They join what is already an all-star cast led by Harvey Fierstein who starred in the most recent Broadway production as Edna Turnblad and won a Tony Award.
Others in the cast include Jennifer Hudson as Motormouth Maybelle, Ariana Grande as Penny Pingleton, Kristin Chenoweth as Velma von Tussle, Derek Hough as Corny Collins, Martin Short as Wilbur Turnblad, newcomer Maddie Baillio as Tracy Turnblad, Dove Cameron as Velma von Tussle, and Garrett Clayton as Link Larkin.
Hairspray Live! will premiere on NBC on 7 December.
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