Ariana Grande Returns to Musical Television in Hairspray Live!

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LAS VEGAS, NV - MAY 22:  Singer Ariana Grande attends the 2016 Billboard Music Awards at T-Mobile Arena on May 22, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  (Photo by David Becker/Getty Images)
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Hairspray Live! has found its Penny Pingleton—Ariana Grande will be joining the cast of the NBC musical.

The pop star, who has been dominating the music world, got her start in musicals, starring on Broadway in 13. She then starred in Nickelodeon's musical TV show Victorious, where she stood out among talents including The Rocky Horror Picture Show's Victoria Justice and Sex&Drug&Rock&Roll's Elizabeth Gillies. Plus, she's no stranger to network television, having a short-lived but memorable role on Ryan Murphy's Scream Queens ("Also, there are no dinosaurs!").

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She tweeted her excitement about joining the cast:

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Grande joins a cast of Broadway legends, including Harvey Fierstein, Martin Short, and Kristin Chenoweth. Derek Hough, Jennifer Hudson and newbie Maddie Baillio round out the all-star cast.

Hairspray Live!, Wednesday, Dec. 7, 8/7c on NBC.