Ariana Grande Joins Jennifer Hudson And Kristin Chenoweth In “Hairspray Live!”

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Pop sensation has signed on to the cast of NBC’s live musical event HAIRSPRAY LIVE! The ponytailed Nickelodeon alum is set to play the quirky, and somewhat ditzy, Penny Pingleton, best friend of Tracy Turnblad, who will be played by newcomer Maddie Baillio.

Grande joins an all-star cast that includes Nashville actor Derek Hough, Grammy Award-winning recording artist Jennifer Hudson, comedy legend Martin Short, and Broadway star Kristin Chenoweth. Tony Award-winning Harvey Fierstein is set to play Edna Turnblad, the role he originated in the Broadway musical.

Hairspray is a musical iteration of the 1988 John Waters film. Set in 1960s Baltimore, the story follows teenager Tracy Turnblad and her dream to dance on the local dance program, The Corny Collins Show, despite everything working against her. Grande’s character Penny was played by Amanda Bynes in the 2007 movie musical.

Grande recently appeared in Zoolander 2 and starred in Ryan Murphy’s Fox series Scream Queens.

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