Exclusive: Harvey Fierstein on working with Ariana Grande and donning the heels again for Hairspray Live

As broadcast day of 7 December finally arrives upon us, GT has spoken exclusively to the star of the show — Harvey Fierstein.

Creator of the musical and starring as Edna Turnblad — mother of Tracy — in the NBC live broadcast, Harvey has moved from writing the story on page, to starring on Broadway, and now a live television show.

In the current issue of GT, we sat down with the King of gay theatre to find out how he prepares to bring Edna back to live once again.

“It’s more scary than exciting,” he giggles.

“I mean, it’s live television and I’ve never done that before. At my age, to take on something like this is HUGE! Holding together a performance during commercial breaks? I just don’t know about that. I guess I didn’t say ‘no’ because life is only as exciting as the times you say ‘yes’, right?”

But how has the lengthy rehearsal process with his American Music Award-winning co-star Ariana Grande been so far?

“She’s huge, but the whole cast is flipping awesome,” he smiles.

“We did some press which is when I properly met Ariana; she’s such a doll-and-a-half. We giggled and we laughed! We sat down to do a table reading, she sat next to me, and when she sang she blew me out of my chair — WOW! When it came to my time to sing, I said calmly, ‘You can all go for coffee now!’”

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But for sixty-something American actor and playwright Harvey Fierstein, he’s been the voice of generations.

Through the likes of Torch Song Trilogy, La Cage aux Folles, Hairspray, Casa Valentina and now Kinky Boots, the four-time Tony winner is at the heart of changing the world one colourful step at a time.

Download the latest issue of GT to read our full and EXCLUSIVE interview with Harvey Fierstein about his important, historic and rather fabulous career. Via gtdigi.co.uk.

Fancy a peak at what we can all expect? Take a look at the cast performing at in the 90th Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade below…

Hairspray Live! airs 7 December at 8pm (ET/PT)




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