‘Hairspray Live!’ Soundtrack Features Ariana Grande, Jennifer Hudson

By Robyn Collins

The original cast recording of Hairspray Live!, which includes performances by Ariana Grande and Jennifer Hudson, has been released a week before the live production airs.

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The 19-track album includes “Come So Far (Got So Far to Go),” a duet featuring Grande, who plays Penny Pingleton, and Hudson, who plays Motormouth Maybelle. Kristin Chenoweth, Derek Hough and Dove Cameraon also appear in the musical, which takes place in the 1960s and addresses themes of racism.

Hudson recently spoke about how Hairspray Live! relates to the current political climate in America. “I think the timing is right to be able to deliver a message like this,” Hudson told Billboard. “That’s why a story like Hairspray is still around, because it is speaking of real things, and real things are timeless. I hope that this will continue to make a change through art.”

Hairspray Live! airs Wednesday, Dec. 7, at 8 pm EST on NBC.

Stream the original cast recording of Hairspray Live! below.

 

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