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Something Was Missing From “Hairspray Live!” And His Name Is Zac Efron

Twitter truly missed Zac Efron-8Whether you enjoyed NBC’s “Hairspray Live!” musical or loathed it entirely, one thing everyone on Twitter could agree on was that Zac Efron was truly missed. The actor’s role from the 2007 remake of “Hairspray” was given to Garrett Clayton for Wednesday night’s musical and the audience was less than pleased with his portrayal of Link Larkin.

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Ariana Grande Makes Lackluster Debut As Penny Pingleton…But She Sounds Good

Ariana Grande debuts as Penny Pingleton-1Ariana Grande debuted as Penny Pingleton on Wednesday night’s “Hairspray Live!” premiere event and the singer definitely brought the vocals, but that’s about it. After months of rehearsals, the singer’s version of Penny came off as another version of her Nickelodeon character Cat Valentine. However, Ariana’s voice more than made up for what she may have lacked in the acting department.

Watch a few of Ariana’s performances from televised musical below.

Do you think Ariana’s Penny Pingleton was dry or dynamic?

(Photo credit: ArianaTodayNet Twitter account)

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The “Hairspray Live!” Soundtrack Has Arrived With A Few Surprises

Hairspray Live! Full Soundtrack Has ArrivedThe soundtrack for NBC’s upcoming musical event “Hairspray Live!” has been released with the voices of Ariana Grande, newcomer Maddie Baillio, Jennifer Hudson, Kristin Chenoweth and more. The track list shows that the newest production of the musical will include a few songs that were created specifically for the 2007 film that starred Zac Efron. It appears as though NBC’s revival will more closely follow the original Broadway version with only one number, “The Big Dollhouse,” not making the cut.

Listen to the full soundtrack below.

“Hairspray Live!” airs live December 7 on NBC at 8/7 CT.

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Ariana Grande Gets Outed As “Hairspray Live!” Star Maddie Baillio’s Wingman

Ariana Grande Is Maddie Baillio's WingmanAriana Grande already admitted that she’s “too attached” to her “Hairspray Live!” family and the feeling is mutual for the musical’s star Maddie Baillio. Maddie, who plays Tracy Turnblad, spoke with Broadyway.com regarding her relationship with Ariana, who plays her on-screen best friend Penny Pingleton.

“She’s playing my best friend on the show, but she’s also been such an amazing friend in real life,” Maddie says about Ariana. The NBC musical’s freshest star goes on to accidentally gush about Ariana’s love connection abilities. “She’s been my wingman. I have a crush on someone in the cast right now and she’s helping out with that,” Maddie reveals.

Check out the interview below.

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Ariana Grande Explains Why She’s Been Breaking Down In Tears On The Set Of “Hairspray Live!”

Hairspray Live Cast Talk The Show's Powerful Relevance And Tearful RehearsalsThe cast of  NBC’s upcoming musical event “Hairspray Live!” stopped by the “TODAY” show Monday morning. Ariana Grande and her cast mates discuss their excitement and how powerfully relevant the musical is during a time of racial unrest.

“It’s such a dream,” Ariana says about being included in the musical. “It’s truly inspiring and exciting and electrifying.”

As a musical, “Hairspray” tackles 1960s racial segregation with an inspiring upbeat twist. Jennifer Hudson feels that performing this piece as a televised musical today is truly relevant and much-needed. “Even in this, we are marching,” she says. “You’re trying to find a way to come together.”

The entire cast echoes her thoughts and Ariana suggests that viewers of the live show might want to expect a few tears. “We’ve been rehearsing and have been moved to tears literally every single time,” she says of the show’s powerful message. “It’s going to be so hard not to cry on the day.”

“The arts has the power to change lives,” Kristin Chenoweth urges viewers to remember. The members of the cast all agree.

Check out the full interview below.

“Hairspray Live!” airs December 7 on NBC at 8/7 CT.

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Ariana Grande Still Can’t Believe She’s Part Of The “Hairspray Live!” Cast

Ariana Grande Still Can't Believe She's Actually In Hairspray Live!Ariana Grande is still grateful for her role in the upcoming NBC production “Hairspray Live!” In one part of a series of cast interviews, Ariana explained what it really feels like to be working on set with a cast she admires.

“I’m such a theatre person. I started out on Broadway. I went to shows when I was a little girl,” Ariana explains. “This whole thing is a huge ‘pinch me’ moment for me. I have a little heart attack every time Harvey Fierstein is sitting next to me.” But Harvey wasn’t the only cast mate for whom Ariana had high praise.

Kristin Chenoweth is like the most ridiculous thing I’ve ever heard in my entire life,” Ariana says. She and Kristin have gotten close throughout the press run for the musical.

Watch Ariana’s entire interview about her experience on set below.

(Photo credit: Ariana Grande Instagram account)

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