The cast of the remake will include Rosie O’Donnell, Sean Hayes, Kristin Chenoweth and Ariana Grande. NBC is set to stage a star-studded production of the cult hit musical in December this year, and the cast is growing gayer by the minute. As more of the castings are confirmed, it’s beginning to like the biggest-scale production since the tradition of annual TV musicals started in 2013. It was confirmed today that Will and Grace legend Sean Hayes will appear as dress shop owner Mr Pinky, while Rosie O’Donnell is set to star as Tracy Turnblad’s sadistic Gym Teacher. They join Kristin Chenoweth as the wicked Velma Von Tussle, Jennifer Hudson as R&B record producer Motormouth Maybelle, and Ariana Grande as Tracy’s best friend Penny Pingleton.
Newcomer Maddie Baillio will take the role of Tracy Turnblad, while Broadway legend Harvey Fierstein will cross-dress in the role of Edna Turnblad. Rosie O’Donnell tweeted: “i am so excited to be a part of #hairspraylive on @NBC! can’t wait to bring it to life on december 7 !!!” Sean Hayes added: “I am so excited to be a part of Hairspray Live on NBC! I can’t wait to bring it to life on Dec 7th.”