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Ariana Grande joins Hairspray Live! cast

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Ariana Grande has joined the cast of NBC’s upcoming Hairspray Live! musical, the “Dangerous Woman” singer announced on Thursday.

“Most of you know that I’m really just a musical theater geek,” she wrote on Twitter. “Like a really big one… so… my heart is very full re: this announcement.”

Grande, who released her third studio album this past May, went on to reveal that she’ll be starring as Penny, the same character Amanda Bynes played in the 2007 film. She’ll star alongside newcomer Maddie Baillio, Kristin ChenowethJennifer Hudson, Harvey FiersteinMartin Short, and Derek Hough.

“I’m so honored and beyond excited to be a part of this dream cast,” Grande, whose previous acting gigs include roles in Nickelodeon’s Sam & Cat and Fox’s Scream Queens, tweeted. “I will for sure pass out at the table read.”

See Grande’s tweets below. Hairspray Live! premieres Dec. 7 at 8 p.m. ET on NBC.

 

I’ve never been more excited for anything in my entire life. #HairsprayLive #Penny Dec 7th @nbc

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