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Kelsey Glein
Jul 07, 2016 @ 4:15 pm

She's now a checkerboard chick! Ariana Grande is set to take on the role of Penny Pingleton in NBC's upcoming production Hairspray Live!, and we can't imagine anyone more perfect to play the part of Tracy Turnblad's big-haired best friend.

The star took to Twitter to announce the casting in a series of tweets, first teasing fans about some very exciting news and discussing her love for musical theater before finally making the big reveal. "I AM NOWWW A CHECKERBOARD CHICK #HairsprayLive #Penny," she wrote before sharing several more tweets detailing her excitement.

Grande also posted the news on Instagram, 'gramming a screenshot of her tweet with the caption: "I've never been more excited for anything in my entire life. #HairsprayLive #Penny Dec 7th @nbc."

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

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But she isn't the only big name in the star-studded cast. The brunette beauty joins newcomer Maddie Baillio as Tracy Turnblad, Harvey Fierstein as Edna Turnblad, Martin Short as Wilbur Turnblad, Jennifer Hudson as Motormouth Maybelle, Kristin Chenoweth as Velma Von Tussle, and Derek Hough as Corny Collins.

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Watch Hairspray Live! when it premieres Dec. 7 at 8 p.m. on NBC.

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