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Ariana Grande & Jennifer Hudson Talk 'Hairspray Live!' Duet

Hairspray is getting a new song, one of diva-licious proportions!

On December 7th, Ariana Grande and Jennifer Hudson will be teaming up to sing a live duet for the latest musical addition to Hairspray Live! called “Come So Far (Got So Far to Go)”. It was originally sung by Queen Latifah in the 2007 film and will also be the grand finale of the live televised event next month!

“We asked Marc [Shaiman] and Scott [Wittman] to write a song for the end credits for the movie version about a decade ago,” says producer Craig Zadan. “It had no part in this show whatsoever. But we listened to the song recently and we thought, ‘Boy when you listen to those lyrics, it’s just so much about where the country is right now, where we are right now. It looks back and looks forward at the same time.” After falling in love with the tune, Craig challenged script adapter Harvey Fierstein to find the perfect spot for the song.

Harvey said, ‘I can’t find a place in the show to use it but what if we made that the big finale of the show because it then sums up everything that you’ve seen before for the last three hours,’” reveals Craig. “When you hear it, you will fall on the floor.”

“I haven’t heard it yet! But I went in and I sang my parts and I’m so excited to see how it turns out,” Ariana tells Just Jared during the Hairspray Live! press day. The pop star is still trying to come to terms with the fact that she will be dueting, as Penny, alongside Jennifer. “Singing with Jennifer is incredible! It’s crazy to me. I’m going to cry again. I cried the other day,” she said with a squeal. But she promises the show will end on a happy note, adding that “’Come So Far” is a “really fun song.”

Jennifer is equally as excited as Ariana. “I’m a big fan of hers and I love her voice. I just love sing with singers,” she says.

Hairspray Live! will air from Los Angeles on Wednesday, Dec. 7 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on NBC.

– Reporting by Nicole Pajer

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Stream 'Hairspray Live!' Video From Thanksgiving Day Parade

The cast of Hairspray Live! performed “You Can’t Stop The Beat” in the 2016 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade on Thursday, November 24.

The all-star cast of the upcoming holiday musical includes Harvey Fierstein, Jennifer Hudson, Ariana Grande, Kristin Chenoweth, Martin Short, Derek Hough, Dove Cameron, Garrett Clayton, Shahadi Wright Joseph, Ephraim Sykes, exciting newcomer Maddie Baillio and special guest stars Billy Eichner, Sean Hayes, Andrea Martin and Rosie O’Donnell.

Hairspray Live! will air from Los Angeles on Wednesday, Dec. 7 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on NBC. You won’t want to miss it. Watch the Thanksgiving Day Parade performance below!


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VIDEO: Jennifer Hudson Belts It Out for New 'Hairspray' Promo!

There are less than two weeks until Hairspray Live! airs on NBC and the latest promo video features Jennifer Hudson‘s ridiculously amazing vocals.

The Oscar-winning actress is seen singing Motormouth Maybelle’s act two song “I Know Where I’ve Been” in the clip.

MEET THE CAST: Find out who is playing who in Hairspray Live!

Some of the other new things that we get to see and hear in the promo include Derek Hough singing “Nicest Kids in Town” as Corny Collins and a super cute mother-daughter moment between Kristin Chenoweth and Dove Cameron as Velma and Amber Von Tussle.

'Hairspray Live!' Cast List - Who is Playing Who?

There are just two weeks left until the cast of Hairspray Live! performs the show on NBC and we are SO excited to see the amazing stars put on the production.

Newcomer Maddie Baillio is leading the cast as Tracy Turnblad with an amazing roster of performers that also included the Broadway production’s original star Harvey Fierstein as Edna Turnblad and theater legend Kristin Chenoweth as Velma Von Tussle.

Members of the cast are set to appear on Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and we can’t wait to see them rock it on the holiday stage.

We have all of the latest photos of the cast in costume that you can check out in the photo gallery. Make sure to tune in for Hairspray Live! on Wednesday (December 7) at 8/7c on NBC. There is also a pre-show starting a half hour before the show!

Click inside to see the full cast list for Hairspray Live!… More Here! »

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'Hairspray Live!' Cast Gets Ready For The Thanksgiving Day Parade

The stars of Hairspray Live! are getting ready for a major television performance that’s even before their official premiere!

The entire cast – Ariana Grande, Derek Hough, Dove Cameron, Ephraim Sykes, Garrett Clayton, Jennifer Hudson, Kristin Chenoweth, Maddie Baillio, Martin Short and Shahadi Wright Joseph – is set to perform in the Thanksgiving Day Parade!

Even though the cast is working hard, it looks like they’ve been having a blast getting ready for the show.

“fam fam fam fam fam,” newcomer Maddie wrote on her Instagram, along with a photo with Dove, Jennifer and some more of the cast.

The Thanksgiving Day Parade airs on November 24th at 9 AM while Hairspray Live! will officially premiere on December 7th at 8 PM on NBC!

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Kristin Chenoweth, Ariana Grande & the 'Hairspray Live!' Cast Stop By Press Junket

Ariana Grande gives Kristin Chenoweth a big hug while attending the Hairspray Live! press junket on Wednesday (November 16) at the NBC Universal Lot in Universal City, Calif.

The duo were also joined by their co-stars Derek Hough, Dove Cameron, Ephraim Sykes, Garrett Clayton, Jennifer Hudson, Maddie Baillio, Martin Short and Shahadi Wright Joseph.

After the event, newcomer Maddie took to her Instagram to share a cute selfie with Kristin and Ariana, writing, “my sweet kristin is here!”

The musical takes place in Baltimore in the early ’60s, when teenager Tracy Turnblad lands her dream role on the popular Corny Collins Show and becomes a dancing sensation overnight, crossing paths with a colorful array of characters along the way.

Don’t miss Hairspray Live! when it premieres December 7 at 8 p.m. on NBC!

FYI: Jennifer is wearing a Theory dress, Manolo Blahnik sandals and jewelry from Yossi Harari, Ileana Makri and Randall Scott Fine Jewelry. Ariana is wearing Hannah Jinkins overalls, a Vanessa Mooney choker, Irit Design earrings and Richard Braqo shoes. Dove is wearing a Guess jumpsuit and BCBG shoes.

A photo posted by Maddie Baillio (@maddiebaillio) on

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NBC's 'Hairspray Live!' Gets Official Cast Portraits Including Ariana Grande & Jennifer Hudson!

The official cast photos for Hairspray Live! have just been released!

The energetic portraits feature newcomer Maddie Baillio, Kristin Chenoweth, Derek Hough, Ariana Grande, Ephraim Sykes, Dove Cameron, Garrett Clayton, Shahadi Wright Joseph, Martin Short, Harvey Fierstein, and Jennifer Hudson. Check them all out in our gallery!

And in case you missed it, the first full cast photo was also recently released.

The musical takes place in Baltimore in the early ’60s, when teenager Tracy Turnblad lands her dream role on the popular Corny Collins Show and becomes a dancing sensation overnight, crossing paths with a colorful array of characters along the way.

Don’t miss Hairspray Live! when it premieres December 7 at 8 p.m. on NBC!

10+ pictures inside of the Hairspray Live! cast… More Here! »

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