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!
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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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We are sooooooo happy we got to see Honeymoon In Vegas before it sadly closes Sunday - far too soon!
Yes, the musical is based on the film, but Andrew Bergman - who also wrote the movie - did a phenomenal job of adapting it while also turning it into a whole new creation.
The Broadway show is also a romantic comedy but it does not feel like a film adaptation at all. Instead it feels like a loving homage to the old Broadway romantic comedies of yore.
There's a mother who haunts the lead in the film from the grave! Real absurd - in the best way possible. Ridiculously sublime!
And, following what we thought was a very disappointing score for his last Broadway outing, The Bridges Of Madison County, composer Jason Robert Brown delivers a real crowd-pleaser with Vegas.
So good! And made even better by one of the best leading men currently working on Broadway, the fiercely talented Rob McClure.
If this show comes to a city near you, we strongly recommend seeing the tour!
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