“Into You” singer Ariana Grande is the latest perform thrown into the mix of NBC’s highly anticipated adaptation of ‘Hairspray,’ the network’s latest live remake of a Broadway classic.
Set to portray Penny Pingleton, word of Ariana’s addition follows reports of fellow big-voiced diva – Jennifer Hudson – headlining the gig (read more on that here) as well as Martin Short, Derek Hough, Kristin Chenoweth, and more in the star-studded cast…
Grande took to Twitter to voice her excitement:
NBC’s Chairman of Entertainment, Robert Greenblatt, echoed her excitement in his official statement:
“We’re absolutely thrilled to round out our all-star ‘Hairspray Live!’ cast with Ariana Grande, one of the biggest recording artists in the world,” said Robert Greenblatt, Chairman, NBC Entertainment. “She’s also a Broadway baby at heart, having debuted on Broadway when she was 15, and will be fantastic in the delightful role of Penny Pingleton. We look forward to her millions of fans seeing yet another side to this multifaceted performer and we welcome her to this incredible ensemble of artists.”
Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, executive producers of three of NBC’s last live hit Broadway remakes ‘The Sound of Music,’ ‘Peter Pan,’ and ‘The Wiz,‘ will reprise their roles behind the scene. They will be joined by ‘The Wiz Live!’ producer Kenny Leon and more.
“Hairspray Live!” is set to air Wednesday, Dec. 7, at 8 p.m. ET and marks the first time NBC’s live musical will be filmed in Los Angeles.