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Harvey Fierstein and newcomer Maddie Baillio will star as mother-daughter duo Edna and Tracy Turnblad in the upcoming NBC reboot of Hairspray – and PEOPLE has the first look at the big, blonde(ish) and beautiful stars in costume.
Fierstein – who originated the role of Edna on Broadway in 2002 – and Baillio will dance alongside Martin Short as Wilbur Turnblad, Jennifer Hudson as Motormouth Maybelle, Kristin Chenoweth as Velma von Tussle and Derek Hough TV host Corny Collins, Sean Hayes as clothing store owner Mr. Pinky, Rosie O’Donnell as the health education teacher and Ariana Grande as Tracy’s best friend Penny Pingleton.
• Check out Fierstein and Baillio in the current issue of PEOPLE, on newsstands Friday
“It’s so relevant right now,” Baillio says of the body confidence message at the center of the 1960s-set musical. “I think this is a good time for Hairspray to be a thing.”
She adds that, by playing Tracy, “I want to be an inspiration to girls just like me. I want them to know: Don’t let anybody stop you from following your dreams. Don’t let anybody tell you you’re something that you’re not. Go for your dreams, and if you work hard enough, you can achieve them.”
Hairspray Live! airs Dec. 7 on NBC.
• Reporting by LANFORD BEARD