Hairspray Live Recruits Disney Channel Stars to Play Amber and Link

Hairspray Live Dove Cameron Garrett Clayton Cast

You can’t stop the beat Disney Channel kids: Dove Cameron (Liv and Maddie) and Garrett Clayton (Teen Beach Movie) will sing and dance their hearts out in NBC’s upcoming Hairspray Live, the network announced Monday.

Cameron will play Amber, “the ambitious mean girl” who resents protagonist Tracy Turnblad’s overnight fame after the Baltimore teen wins a role on “The Corny Collins Show.” (Fun fact: Cameron played Kristin Chenoweth’s character’s daughter in Disney Channel’s Descendants, and she’ll play her daughter again in Hairspray Live.)

Clayton’s character, Link, is “the resident dreamboat” who also crosses paths with the newly famous Tracy (played by newcomer Maddie Baillio).

The special’s cast also includes pop singer Ariana Grande, Jennifer Hudson (American Idol), Harvey Fierstein (Independence Day), Derek Hough (Dancing With the Stars) and Martin Short (Maya & Marty).

Amber was played by Brittany Snow (American Dreams) in the 2007 film; Zac Efron (High School Musical) played Link.

Hairspray Live will air Wednesday, Dec. 7 (8/7c) on NBC.

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