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.
hi i have to tell you something very very exciting today— Ariana Grande (@ArianaGrande) July 7, 2016
most of you know that i'm really just a musical theater geek.... like a really big one... so.... my heart is very full re: this announcement— Ariana Grande (@ArianaGrande) July 7, 2016
omg bbs how do u know already i'm CRYING— Ariana Grande (@ArianaGrande) July 7, 2016
so— Ariana Grande (@ArianaGrande) July 7, 2016
Penny has been a dream role since Hairspray opened on Broadway. At 9, I was (and still am) in LOVE w @KerryButlerNyc. hope to make u proud 😭— Ariana Grande (@ArianaGrande) July 7, 2016
anyway... I’m so honored and beyond excited to be a part of this dream cast...... I will for sure pass out at the table read. #HairsprayLive— Ariana Grande (@ArianaGrande) July 7, 2016
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."
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.
Watch Hairspray Live! when it premieres Dec. 7 at 8 p.m. on NBC.