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Billy Eichner Joins Hairspray Live! – Find Out Who He'll Be Playing

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Billy Eichner Joins Hairspray Live! – Find Out Who He'll Be Playing

Originally posted 09/21/2016 12:25PM

One of TV's Difficult People will soon be among "The Nicest Kids in Town."

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Big, Blonde and Beautiful! See Hairspray Live!'s Edna and Tracy Turnblad in Costume for the First Time

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Big, Blonde and Beautiful! See Hairspray Live!'s Edna and Tracy Turnblad in Costume for the First Time

Originally posted 08/17/2016 09:00AM

Good morning, Baltimore!

Harvey Fierstein and newcomer Maddie Baillio will star as mother-daughter duo Edna and Tracy Turnblad in the upcoming NBC reboot of Hairspray – and PEOPLE has the first look at the big, blonde(ish) and beautiful stars in costume.

Fierstein – who originated the role of Edna on Broadway in 2002 – and Baillio will dance alongside Martin Short as Wilbur Turnblad, Jennifer Hudson as Motormouth Maybelle, Kristin Chenoweth as Velma von Tussle and Derek Hough TV host Corny Collins, Sean Hayes as clothing store owner Mr. Pinky, Rosie O'Donnell as the health education teacher and Ariana Grande as Tracy's best friend Penny Pingleton.

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Ariana Grande Joins Hairspray Live! as Penny

Originally posted 07/07/2016 03:25PM

Hairspray Live! has cast a "Dangerous Woman" in a rather quirky role.

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.

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Kristin Chenoweth Joins Hairspray Live! – See Her Glittery Announcement

Originally posted 06/21/2016 04:20PM

Here's some wickedly good news for fans looking forward to Hairspray Live!

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Meet Hairspray Live!'s New Tracy Turnblad Maddie Baillio

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."

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Maddie Baillio Cast as Tracy Turnblad in Hairspray Live!

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!

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Derek Hough and Martin Short Join NBC's Hairspray Live!

Originally posted 04/27/2016 02:55PM

Welcome to the '60s, Derek Hough and Martin Short!

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!.

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Jennifer Hudson and Harvey Fierstein Will Star in NBC's Hairspray Live!

Originally posted 04/25/2016 03:35PM

Jennifer Hudson is adding another musical to her repertoire.

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.

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Nikki Blonsky's Latest Role: Selling Shoes

Nikki Blonsky's Latest Role: Selling Shoes

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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