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Who is Shahadi Wright Joseph? Meet Hairspray Live's Little Inez!

Before Hairspray Live! airs, it’s time to shine the spotlight on Shahadi Wright Joseph!

The talented young actress stars as Little Inez in the production, alongside her on-screen brother Ephraim Sykes, who plays Seaweed.

You may recognize Shahidi from her roles in Broadway’s The Lion King and School of Rock!

Hairspray Live! airs TONIGHT, Wednesday, December 7 @ 8PM ET/PT on NBC.

Click through the slideshow to meet Shahadi Wright Joseph…

'Hairspray Live!' Soundtrack Stream & Download - LISTEN NOW!

The soundtrack for NBC’s Hairspray Live! has been released in advance of next week’s live production and you can listen to it here!

The cast album features stars like newcomer Maddie Baillio, Ariana Grande, Kristin Chenoweth, Jennifer Hudson, Garrett Clayton, Dove Cameron, and more belting out the musical’s songs.

You can download the soundtrack on iTunes and Amazon and stream it below via Spotify!

The album features some of the songs that were written just for the movie version, including “Ladies’ Choice,” now sung by Corny Collins (Derek Hough), and “Come So Far,” sung as a finale song by Jennifer and Ariana.

Click inside now to listen to the Apple Music stream… More Here! »

Hairspray Live! Cast Practices in New Rehearsal Photos!

As the highly-anticipated premiere of Hairspray Live! gets closer, the cast continues to put in work at rehearsals!

We have some new behind-the-scenes shots of Harvey Fierstein, Jennifer Hudson, Derek Hough, Martin Short, Garrett Clayton, Ephraim Sykes, Shahadi Wright Joseph, and Maddie Baillio getting ready for the big show.

Based on the Tony Award-winning Broadway musical, Hairspray Live! takes place in 1962 Baltimore.

Here’s the synopsis: Plump teenager Tracy Turnblad’s dream is to dance on “The Corny Collins Show,” a local TV program. When against all odds Tracy wins a role on the show, she becomes a celebrity overnight and meets a colorful array of characters, including the resident dreamboat, Link; the ambitious mean girl, Amber; an African-American boy she meets in detention, Seaweed; and his mother, Motormouth Maybelle, the owner of a local record store.

Tracy’s mother is the indomitable Edna, and she eventually encourages Tracy on her campaign to integrate the all-white “Corny Collins Show.”

Hairspray Live! will air on Wednesday, December 7 @ 8PM ET/PT on NBC.

MUST-READ: Ariana Grande and Jennifer Hudson talk about their duet!

ALSO MUST-READ: Watch the cast’s performance at the 2016 Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade!

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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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