Comedian Andrea Martin joins ‘Hairspray Live!’ cast

August 18, 2016
FILE - In this April 8, 2016 file photo, Andrea Martin attends the 2016 Variety's Power of Women: New York, presented by Lifetime in New York. Martin has joined the cast of NBC's "Hairspray Live!" and will play the mother of pop star Ariana Grande. It airs Dec. 7 on NBC. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File)

NEW YORK (AP) — Andrea Martin has jumped aboard the cast of NBC’s “Hairspray Live!” to play the mother of pop star Ariana Grande.

The Tony- and Emmy-winning comedian will join a lineup that also includes Harvey Fierstein, Kristin Chenoweth, Jennifer Hudson, Derek Hough, Martin Short, Sean Hayes and Rosie O’Donnell. It airs Dec. 7.

Based on the cult John Waters movie set in 1960s Baltimore, the show concerns the full-figured Tracy Turnblad whose fondest wish is to appear on a local television dance program.

Martin, the “SCTV” veteran who recently won a Tony Award in the Broadway revival of “Pippin,” will play the overprotective mother of Penny Pingleton (Grande), who is friends with Tracy.

Martin is next set to co-star in NBC’s midseason comedy “Great News.”


Online: http://www.nbc.com/hairspray-live

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