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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!

Related: Wicked Is Flying Into Movie Theaters In 2019!

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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Now That Grease: Live Is Over, Which Broadway Hit Should Get The Live TV Musical Treatment Next? Vote Here!

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With stunning performances, cutting edge camera work, and an AH-Mazing cast, Grease: Live was a smash hit!

If the three-hour FOX broadcast proved anything, it's that these primetime musicals are here to stay — because we'll be seeing a lot more iconic Broadway hits getting new life on network TV!

NBC announced their live broadcast of Hairspray for later this year, and ABC is joining the party with a production of Dirty Dancing!

Related: Find Out What The Critics Had To Say About Grease: Live!

And luckily, networks have no problem running out of material — because there are so many classic musicals to choose from!

We would LOVE to see classics like Dreamgirls, Chicago, or even Cats get the primetime musical treatment!

Vote (below) for which Broadway hit you'd like to see next!

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The Next Live NBC Musical Is Hairspray!!!

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The Sound Of Music, Peter Pan, The Wiz, and now… Hairspray!

Fresh off of Mary J. Blige & Co.'s production of The Wiz LIVE! back in December, it's now confirmed that NBC's live stage show for 2016 will be Hairspray!

Craig Zadan and Neil Meron will return as executive producers having worked on the previous three live events, and we're hoping they just continue to improve.

Related: Celebrities React To The Wiz LIVE

NBC head Robert Greenblatt announced the decision ahead of the TCA Press Tour on Wednesday, saying:

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Adam Shankman Is In Rehab! Director & Hollywood Friend Of Zac Efron & Cory Monteith Seeks Help!

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Oh no!

Famed director, producer, and choreographer Adam Shankman has check himself into rehab this morning.

A rep for the man behind Hairspray and Step Up confirmed:

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