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EXCLUSIVE! New Details About The Original Tracy Turnblads Joining The Cast Of Hairspray Live! — Marissa Jaret Winokur Dishes Cameo Deets!

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As if we weren't already excited for Hairspray Live!, we now have two more reasons to be super stoked!

Original Tracy Turnblads Ricki Lake and Marissa Jaret Winokur will be gracing the world with their presence in NBC's live musical, which will totally bring the new adaptation full circle!

Video: The Hairspray Live! Cast Just Nailed The Mannequin Challenge!

For those of you who may not remember, Miz Lake portrayed the leading lady in John Waters' 1988 film, while Marissa took on the larger-than-life role in the original Broadway cast alongside Harvey Fierstein, who is reprising his role as Edna for the upcoming broadcast.

And, Miz Winokur is dishing exclusive deets to us about the lovely ladies' cameos in the Maddie Baillio-led remake!

The 43-year-old explained that her former costar had been working to come up with a fun part for the actresses, but the Fever Pitch alum confessed that she and the former talk show host were just thrilled to be included, saying:

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Ricki Lake, Marissa Jaret Winokur, & Maddie Baillio Candidly Talk About Hairspray & What It's Like To Be Plus-Size In Hollywood!

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With NBC's live production of Hairspray drawing closer, we can't help but think of all the incredible women who've starred in the lead role over the years.

As you may recall, Ricki Lake made the character Tracy Turnblad famous in John Waters' 1988 hit film Hairspray. Marissa Jaret Winokur would then go onto win a Tony for the same role in the Broadway adaptation of flick. Now Maddie Baillio is taking the reigns as the plus-size optimist for the highly anticipated televised production. So it's safe to say the pressure is on — especially since so many young girls look up to Tracy!

Video: The Hairspray Live! Cast Just Killed The Mannequin Challenge

However, prior to her Hairspray fame, Miz Lake didn't ever think she'd get the chance to play a show stopping lead. In a sitdown with the others (named above), the 48-year-old recalled to People:

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Hairspray Live! Steals Rocky Horror's Thunder With Its First Official Cast Photo! Look!

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Well aren't they the nicest kids in town?!

In honor of FOX's Rocky Horror Picture Show Event on Thursday night, NBC decided to steal some thunder on Wednesday by sharing a first look at their Hairspray Live! cast photo.

And we have to say… the all-star cast — including Ariana Grande, Kristin Chenoweth, Jennifer Hudson, Garrett Clayton, and Dove Cameron, just to name a few — couldn't have looked better in character!

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Unfortunately, a few of the supporting actors like Rosie O'Donnell, Billy Eichner, and Sean Hayes didn't quite make the first photo… but there's still some time to go before the show opens Wednesday, December 7 at 8 p.m. EST on NBC!

Plus, we have to give some credit to newbie Maddie Baillio for stealing the scene as Tracy Turnblad!

Ch-ch-check out the first look at the Hairspray Live! cast in character (below)!!!

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Ariana Grande Says Starring In Hairspray Live! Is 'Way Much More Fun' Than Being A Pop Star — Is Her Music Career Taking A Backseat To Acting??

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Be careful what you wish for…

As we pretty much already suspected, it sounds like Ariana Grande is paving her way back to Broadway now that she's made her mark on the music industry.

That's because while promoting Hairspray Live! at the Television Critics Association press tour on Tuesday, Penny Pingleton herself flat out said participating in the NBC musical was "way much more fun" than her pop star career!

Video: Meet Hairspray Live!'s Tracy Turnblad — Newcomer Maddie Baillio

In fact, the 23-year-old singer — who got her start in Jason Robert Brown's 13 on Broadway before moving over to Nickelodeon — actually wants her role in the live TV musical to be understated, saying:

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Kristin Chenoweth Reveals She's Joining Hairspray Live! See Her Exciting Announcement!

We can't wait until December!!!

This is shaping up to be one star-studded cast!

On Tuesday, Kristin Chenoweth revealed that she will be starring alongside Jennifer Hudson, Derek Hough, Martin Short, and newcomer Maddie Baillio in Hairspray Live!

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The Broadway great took to Twitter to make the exciting announcement, dishing that she will be playing the villainous Velma Von Tussle in NBC's upcoming live musical!

The blonde shared this glittery gif (above), writing in the caption:

We can't WAIT to hear Miz Chenoweth's powerful pipes grace our television screens this winter! Will U be tuning in on December 7?!

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NBC's Hairspray Live Finds Its Tracy Turnblad! Watch The Amazing Moment Newcomer Maddie Baillio Learns She Got The Part!

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Maddie Baillio's stage presence is undeniable!

On Tuesday, the outgoing newcomer stopped by the Today Show to make the EXCITING announcement that she'll star as Tracy Turnblad in NBC's next big musical event, Hairspray Live!

Related: Jennifer Hudson Will Also Star In Hairspray Live!

For those who don't know, Tracy is the main character of the beloved and iconic musical. Over the years, stars like Nikki Blonsky and Ricki Lake have taken on the coveted role.

Luckily for us, Baillio gave us a personal introduction alongside comic icon Harvey Fierstein who will play her stage-mom Edna. In the adorable interview, the 20-year-old explained how she beat out 1,000 other hopefuls to don Tracy's big hair!

To make the situation even sweeter, Maddie revealed that she was just a college student living in League City, Texas before she got her big break:

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Jennifer Hudson Will Star In NBC’s Hairspray Live!

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An Oscar for Dreamgirls, an Emmy for Hairspray?!

We've known for a couple months that NBC's next planned musical is none other than Hairspray Live!, but we only just got our first casting news for the event on Monday… and we could not be more excited!

That's because it was just announced that Jennifer Hudson has been selected to play "Motormouth" Maybelle — the role Queen Latifah portrayed in the 2007 film!

Video: J.Hud & The Color Purple Cast Remember Prince With Purple Rain

But that's not the only update we've got for ya — Harvey Fierstein will also be reprising his role as Edna Turnblad, for which he won the Tony Award for Best Actor in a Musical back in 2003!

Two leads down, nine to go.

Make sure to catch J.Hud, Harvey, and the rest of the to-be-determined cast when Hairspray Live! debuts Wednesday, December 7 on NBC!

Whom do U want to see join the cast next??

[Image via Jennifer Hudson/Instagram.]

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