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Audiences excited for the Hairspray Live! premiere have less than two months of wait left — and now there’s a sweet treat to tide them over. In the new issue of PEOPLE hitting newsstands Friday, the cast is all dressed up in a first look photo.

NBC’s production will see newcomer Maddie Baillio take on the role of Tracy Turnblad (center, in blue), while Ariana Grande fans may not recognize the pop princess on the left, bringing Penny Pingleton to life in a plaid dress and pigtails. Ephraim Sykes is to her right as Seaweed Stubbs, Tracy’s pal from detention, along with Teen Beach Movie star Garrett Clayton as Link Larkin.


The musical — which is based on the Tony Award-winning musical — is set in 1962 Baltimore and follows teenager Tracy Turnblad as she tries to make her dream of dancing on “The Corny Collins Show” come true. When it does, Tracy, who becomes a trendsetter overnight, decides to use her newfound fame to make Corny’s show inclusive of all races.

Hairspray Live! will premiere Dec. 7 on NBC.

Hairspray Live!
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