Good morning, Baltimore! The first promo for ‘Hairspray Live’ on NBC finally arrived on Friday night during the Olympics, and we have to say, we’re so excited. Watch Ariana Grande, Jennifer Hudson, Derek Hough and more get into the fab style for the live production!
The trailer has us absolute banging, and just in case you weren’t positive on who’s playing who, here’s a complete rundown:
Maddie Baillio will play Tracy Turnblad
Harvey Fierstein will play Edna Turnblad
Martin Short will play Wilbur Turnblad
Jennifer Hudson will play Motormouth Maybelle
Kristin Chenoweth will play Velma Von Tussle
Dove Cameron will play Amber Von Tussle
Ariana Grande will play Penny Pingleton
Garrett Clayton will play Link Larkin
Derek Hough will play Corny Collins
Andrea Martin will play Prudy Pingleton
Rosie O’Donnell will play The Gym Teacher
Sean Hayes will play Mr. Pinky
We don’t see much in the new promo, but we do get to see most of these actors in costume, which is so exciting! We can hardly wait for it to premiere later this year.
While everyone on the cast has huge voices, there’s one solo you should not expect to hear — and that’s from Ariana. “I don’t want to change anything about the role or, you know, how she develops,” she said during the 2016 TV Critics Association panel this summer.
“I just love, I love Penny, and it’s just such a great honor to her. So I don’t want any sort of special icing or parts. This is, like, really great, and I’m so happy.” She also added it’s been her dream to play Penny “since the original Broadway cast, since Kerry Butler originated the role.” Well, that’s adorable. Executive producer Neil Meron added that it was ultimately up to her if she wanted her own song. “I think one of the thrills is that Ariana wanted to play that role as written,” he said. “She really, really she felt it. She loved it.”
Not to worry — Penny will get that big moment until “You Can’t Stop the Beat,” the last song of the show — something Neil called a “surprise for her audience.”
Hairspray Live! airs on Dec. 7 on NBC. HollywoodLifers, will you be watching?