Videos + photos of the whole Hairspray Live! show

On December 7th, after a very long wait,  Hairspray Live! has aired on NBC!

The musical stars Ariana, who took the role of Penny Pingleton, including Jennifer Hudson, Dove Cameron, Harvey Fierstein, Martin Short and Derek Houg!

Ariana performed the songs “Mama I’m a Big Girl Now“, with Maddie Baillio, Dove Cameron, Harvey Fierstein, Andrea Martin & Kristin Chenoweth; “Without Love”, with Garrett Clayton, Maddie Baillio & Ephraim Sykes; “You Can’t Stop the Beat”, with the entire cast, and a duet with Jennifer Hudson for “Come So Far (Got So Far to Go)”. Check it all out below!

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Harvey Fierstein on working with Ariana Grande in Hairspray Live!

On December 6th, Harvey Fierstein talked with Gay Times Magazine on working with Ariana Grande and donning the heels again for Hairspray Live.


Creator of the musical and starring as Edna Turnblad — mother of Tracy — in the NBC live broadcast, Harvey has moved from writing the story on page, to starring on Broadway, and now a live television show.

In the current issue of GT, we sat down with the King of gay theatre to find out how he prepares to bring Edna back to live once again.

“It’s more scary than exciting,” he giggles.

“I mean, it’s live television and I’ve never done that before. At my age, to take on something like this is HUGE! Holding together a performance during commercial breaks? I just don’t know about that. I guess I didn’t say ‘no’ because life is only as exciting as the times you say ‘yes’, right?”

But how has the lengthy rehearsal process with his American Music Award-winning co-star Ariana Grande been so far?

“She’s huge, but the whole cast is flipping awesome,” he smiles.

“We did some press which is when I properly met Ariana; she’s such a doll-and-a-half. We giggled and we laughed! We sat down to do a table reading, she sat next to me, and when she sang she blew me out of my chair — WOW! When it came to my time to sing, I said calmly, ‘You can all go for coffee now!’”

Source: GayTimes.co.uk

LISTEN: Hairspray Live! Soundtrack

On December 3rd, the Hairspray Live! (Original Soundtrack of the NBC Television Event) has officially released! Check out the songs below, including the 4 songs that Ariana is featured on:

Mama I’m a Big Girl Now – with Maddie Baillio, Dove Cameron, Harvey Fierstein, Andrea Martin & Kristin Chenoweth

Without Love – with Garrett Clayton, Maddie Baillio e Ephraim Sykes

You Can’t Stop the Beat – with the entire cast

Come So Far (Got So Far to Go) – a duet with Jennifer Hudson.

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Hairspray Live! cast interviewed on The TODAY Show

On November 28th, the interview of Hairspray Live! with The TODAY Show aired, which was from the Hairspray Live! Press Junket on November 16th.

NBC’s Joe Fryer sits down with the vibrant stars of the upcoming live television production “Hairspray Live!”. Hudson reflects on the show’s journey from cult-classic movie to Tony-winning Broadway show to live TV, saying the story remains highly relevant to race relations today. Check out the interview below!

VIDEO: Ariana Grande & Hairspray Live cast behind the scenes

On November 3rd, the Hairspray Live! Twitter account posted a Meet the Cast video, and Ariana is featured in it. Check out the behind the scenes footage below!

Hairspray Live! is an upcoming live musical adaptation of the 2002 Broadway musical Hairspray, which in turn is based on the 1988 film of the same name. It is scheduled to be broadcast on NBC television on December 7, 2016. Craig Zadan and Neil Meron are producers of the project.

PHOTOS: Ariana Grande & the casts’ outtakes for Hairspray Live!

The first photos of Ariana Grande as Penny Pingleton have surfaced the internet, including a full cast photo for the upcoming musical Hairspray Live! Check out the photos below!

Hairspray Live! is an upcoming live musical adaptation of the 2002 Broadway musical Hairspray, which in turn is based on the 1988 film of the same name. It is scheduled to be broadcast on NBC television on December 5, 2016.

Ariana Grande to play the role of Penny in Hairspray Live!

Ariana Grande is now a checkerboard chick. On July 7th, the Grammy-winning singer-actress has joined the cast of NBC’s Hairspray Live!, she announced on Twitter, and will play the role of Penny Pingleton.

“Penny has been a dream role since Hairspray opened on Broadway,” tweeted Grande of playing Tracy Turnblad’s incorrigible best friend, a role played by Leslie Ann Powers and Amanda Bynes in the 1988 and 2007 films, respectively.

To Kerry Butler, who also originated the Broadway role in the 2002 production, she said, “Hope to make you proud.”

Grande joins a star-studded cast, including Martin Short, Derek Hough, Harvey Fierstein, Kristin Chenoweth and Jennifer Hudson. Known widely onscreen for her Nickelodeon roles, she first made her Broadway debut in the musical 13.

“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.”

Based on the Tony Award-winning Broadway musical, Hairspray Live! takes place in 1962 Baltimore. Teenager Tracy Turnblad’s dream is to dance on The Corny Collins Show, a local TV program, so when she wins a role on the show, she becomes a celebrity overnight and meets a colorful array of characters, including the resident dreamboat, Link; the ambitious mean girl, Amber; an African-American boy, Seaweed, in detention; and Seaweed’s mother, Motormouth Maybelle, the owner of a local record store. Tracy’s mother is the indomitable Edna Turnblad, and she eventually encourages Tracy on her campaign to integrate the all-white Corny Collins Show.

Fierstein also is writing the teleplay for the production, which hails from executive producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron. The duo have been behind the past three live musical productions on NBC — The Sound of Music, Peter Pan and The Wiz, which produced impressive ratings for the network in December. Zadan and Meron will be joined by The Wiz Live! director Kenny Leon, live television director Alex Rudzinski and choreographer Jerry Mitchell (Kinky Boots).

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.

“I’ve never been more excited for anything in my entire life,” Grande added on Instagram.

Source: Billboard.com