Ariana Grande could not be more excited to play Penny in ‘Hairspray Live!’ The pop star attended the Television Critics Association press tour and dished on her bubbly character, “I don’t want to change anything about the role or how she develops. I just love Penny and it’s such a great honor to play her. I don’t want any special icing or parts.”
The singer was surprised and grateful for the role. “I never thought it would actually happen. It’s kind of surreal for me to even be a part of this. I’m so grateful.” She added, “The fact that I’m here doing this today, sitting on this stage with such incredible people — every time Harvey (Fierstein) speaks, like my heart bursts. A light goes off inside my heart. Kristin Chenoweth — we’re soulmates. I don’t even know what’s happening. My theater geek inside, which is what I am, I can’t take it. It’s very overwhelming and very exciting. Penny’s been my favorite character since the start.This is such a dream come true for me because at heart, theater is everything to me. Pop music is so fun, but this is way much more fun. So much more.”
We think she is going to smash it plus she is no stranger to live performances as she started on Broadway with the show 13. And in other Hairspray news—Rosie O’Donnell and Sean Hayes have joined the cast!
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