NBC’s next live musical Hairspray Live! has added Ephraim Sykes (Hamilton) and Shahadi Wright Joseph (School of Rock) to the cast.
Sykes will play Seaweed J. Stubbs a hip and kind-hearted dancer who befriends Tracy (Baillio) in detention and teaches her some new moves. He is also the son of Motormouth Maybelle (Hudson) who falls in love with Tracy’s best friend, Penny (Grande).
Wright Joseph will portray Little Inez Seaweed’s younger sister, who tries to audition for The Corny Collins Show, but is at first turned away because she is African-American.
They joined previously announced cast Harvey Fierstein, Jennifer Hudson, Ariana Grande, Kristin Chenoweth, Martin Short, Derek Hough, Dove Cameron, Garrett Clayton, newcomer Maddie Baillio, and special guest stars Sean Hayes, Andrea Martin, and Rosie O’Donnell.
December 7, 2016 is the date for the live broadcast from LA.