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Here's Your First Look At The Hairspray Live! Cast In Costume! Watch!

Ariana Grande is no longer rocking one ponytail… she's rocking TWO!

On Friday, NBC aired the first promo of Hairspray Live! during the Rio Olympics, completely with our first glimpse of the pop princess rocking Penny Pingleton's pigtails!

The teaser featured all the AH-mazing characters we've been dying to see ever since those casting announcements came out!

Related: Ariana Says Hairspray Live! Is More Fun Than Being A Pop Star!

Been eager waiting to find out how Harvey Fierstein rocks Edna Turnblad's style? Want to see Jennifer Hudson looking FABULOUS as Motormouth Maybelle?

Naturally, Kristin Chenoweth and Dove Cameron make a picture-perfect mother-daughter villain duo (duh, Disney's Descendants, anyone?) but now we FINALLY get to see them in costume!

And, take a look at newcomer Maddie Baillio as Tracy Turnblad (above)!

Excited?! Be sure to watch NBC bring this Broadway classic to live television on December 7 at 8 p.m.

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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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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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A Mrs. Doubtfire Musical Is Currently In The Works! Uh, Did YOU Ask For This?!?

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Who asked for this film to be turned into a musical? WHO?!?

Regardless of who decided this was a good idea, we're looking at you Disney, Mrs. Doubtfire is now being turned into a musical and we don't really know why.

Sure, the film starring the late Robin Williams is a CLASSIC, but come on!

[ Related: Robin Williams Movie Moments That Made You Cry ]

Anyway, Oscar-winning composer Alan Menken, knowing for doing the music for The Little Mermaid, Aladdin, and so many more, revealed he's currently working on musical based on Mrs. Doubtfire.

He revealed:

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Hit The Seven Seas With The Cast Of Hairspray At The 2012 Tony Awards!

We would have preferred Harvey Fierstein performing in Hairspray, but this wasn't so bad, either!

The actor was on hand at the 2012 Tony Awards - flotation device ready - to present a medley from the musical featuring the Broadway cast currently performing aboard the cruise ship Oasis Of The Seas!

Ch-ch-check it all out (above)!

We wonder if these guys ROCK as hard when the waters aren't as calm! Ha!

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It's Official! Newsies Musical Headed To Broadway!!!!

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Back in September, we saw some highlights from the Newsies musical, which premiered on Sept. 25 at the Paper Mill Playhouse in Millburn, NJ!

Given the fact that Alan Menken and Harvey Fierstein were the creative forces behind the production, we had a feeling it was going to be a success…and we were right!

Disney's Newsies musical is officially headed to the Main Stem's Nederlander Theater on Broadway, with previews beginning on Mar. 15, and an official opening on Mar. 29!

Best part? The musical premieres on Broadway a mere 12 days before the Newsies movie's 20th anniversary!

Very exciting! We'll definitely try to catch this one next time we're in NY after the musical opens!

What do U think? Will U be check out Newsies when it hits Broadway???

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The Newsies Stage Musical Is Coming THIS MONTH!!! New Deets Revealed!

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It's been nearly a year since we last heard about this, and we're STILL very excited!

Back in Sept '10, we heard that Academy Award-winning composer Alan Menken was collaborating with Harvey Fierstein on a stage musical version of Newsies.

As a reminder, the Christian Bale-starring movie came out in 1992, and it "tells the story of child newspaper sellers in turn-of-the-century New York who go on strike."

Now, Harvey has opened up about the Newsies stage musical, and how he's going to make it great - by adding more LOVE!

Here's what Harvey had to say about it:

"In a musical, there's an old rule: You must follow the love story. It gives the audience somewhere to go and someplace to rest their hearts."

We trust ya, Harvey! If you think that the stage version of Newsies needs more love, then we say bring it on!

The musical debuts on Sept. 15 at the Paper Mill Playhouse in Millburn, NJ, and the official opening is scheduled for Sept. 25!

Loyal Newsies fans will be pleased to learn that songs from the film version including Santa Fe, The World Will Know, Carrying the Banner, Seize the Day, and King of New York will be featured in the new stage version.

We seriously CANNOT wait for this! Starting Sept. 15, the town of Millburn is gonna be SWARMING with Newsies fans!!! Ha!

Are U excited for the Newsies stage musical? Will U make the trek to New Jersey to see it? (if you don't already live there that is…)

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