Ariana Grande is set to return to her musical theater roots this year for NBC’s highly anticipated production of “Hairspray Live.”
The “Dangerous Woman” singer announced her casting as Penny Pingleton on Twitter Thursday with a series of tweets expressing her excitement over the role, one Grande says she’s wanted to play since she was young.
“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,” NBC Entertainment chairman Robert Greenblatt said in a statement. “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.”
“Hairspray Live” premieres Dec. 7, 2016 on NBC.