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Billy Eichner joins cast of ‘Hairspray Live!’

Billy on the Street and Difficult People star Billy Eichner has joined the all-star cast of NBC’s Hairspray Live! which airs Dec. 7.

Billy will show up in the musical’s second act as a local TV newscaster named Rob Barker who reports on Tracy Turnblad’s escape from the law and her attempt to integrate The Corny Collins Show.

The rest of the cast includes Harvey Fierstein (as Edna Turnblad), Maddie Baillio (Tracy Turnblad), Ariana Grande (Penny Pingleton), Jennifer Hudson (Motormouth Maybelle), Kristin Chenoweth (Velma Von Tussle), Martin Short (Wilbur Turnblad), Derek Hough (Corny Collins), Dove Cameron (Amber Von Tussle), Garrett Clayton (Link Larkin), Andrea Martin (Prudy Pingleton), Ephraim Sykes (Seaweed J. Stubbs), Shahadi Wright Joseph (Little Inez), Rosie O’Donnell (the gym teacher), and Sean Hayes (Mr. Pinky).

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