05:08 AM EDT 07/10/2016
Originally posted 07/07/2016 03:25PM
Ariana Grande is joining NBC's live musical event as Penny Pingleton, best friend to hair-hopping '60s heroine Tracy Turnblad.
The Nickelodeon veteran announced the news on Twitter Thursday, and NBC confirmed the coasting with a thrilled tweet shortly thereafter on Hairspray Live!'s official account shortly after.
Originally posted 06/21/2016 04:20PM
Here's some wickedly good news for fans looking forward to Hairspray Live!
Originally posted 06/07/2016 06:00PM
Maddie Baillio has been hanging on to a major secret for nearly two weeks.
"It felt like forever," she tells PEOPLE of the wait to share with the world that she's been plucked from relative obscurity to play Tracy Turnblad in NBC's Hairspray Live! – but it's little surprise 12 days felt like an eternity considering she decided to audition only three hours in advance.
"I decided at, like, 3 a.m. the night before that I was going to get up and go to this audition," says the 20-year-old college sophomore from Texas, "and I'm so glad I did."
Originally posted 06/07/2016 10:00AM
Welcome to the '60s, Maddie Baillio!
NBC has officially found its star to take on the lead role of Tracy Turnblad in Hairspray Live!
Originally posted 04/27/2016 02:55PM
The former Dancing with the Stars pro and the comedy legend are the latest stars to join the cast of NBC's next small-screen musical event, Hairspray Live!.
Originally posted 04/25/2016 03:35PM
The current star of the Broadway revival of The Color Purple has signed on to NBC's next live musical event, Hairspray Live!. Hudson will play Motormouth Maybelle as she reunites with executive producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, with whom she worked on NBC's Smash.
Harvey Fierstein, who is writing the teleplay, will reprise his Tony-winning performance as brassy mama Edna Turnblad.
Originally posted 07/12/2011 01:45PM
This summer, fans can catch Nikki Blonski performing Hairspray numbers off-Broadway.
Make that about 20 miles off-Broadway.
The actress, who earned a Golden Globe nomination for her portrayal of Tracy Turnblad in the hit 2007 movie adaptation of the stage musical, has taken a summer job selling shoes at the Steven Dann boutique in her hometown of Great Neck, N.Y.
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