Hairspray Live Adds Ariana Grande in Pivotal, Pigtailed Role

Hairspray Live Ariana Grande

Ariana Grande is now a checkerboard chick.

The Scream Queens victim has been cast as Penny Pingleton — the best friend of leading lady Tracy Turnblad (played by newcomer Maddie Baillio) — in NBC’s upcoming Hairspray Live, airing Dec. 7, the network announced Thursday.

Grande joins previously announced cast members Jennifer Hudson (as Motormouth Maybelle), Harvey Fierstein (as Edna Turnblad), Derek Hough (as Corny Collins), Martin Short (as Wilbur Turnblad), Kristin Chenoweth (as Velma Von Tussle) and, of course, Baillio as Tracy.

Amanda Bynes played the role of Penny in the 2007 film.

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