NEXT THOUGHT ON TV: ‘Hairspray Live!’ adds Broadway stars Ephraim Sykes and Shahadi Wright Joseph


Hey MMT Fam! Remember several months ago when we gave you the heads up about the upcoming HAIRSPRAY LIVE! production coming in December? Well, they’ve just rounded out the cast with two of Broadway’s hottest talents – Ephraim Sykes (HAMILTON) and Shahadi Wright Joseph (SCHOOL OF ROCK) – who were cast as Seaweed J. Stubbs and Little Inez, respectively.

Seaweed J. Stubbs is a hip and kind-hearted dancer who befriends Tracy in detention and teaches her some new moves. He is also the son of Motormouth Maybelle (Jennifer Hudson) who falls in love with Tracy’s best friend, Penny (Ariana Grande).

Little Inez is Seaweed’s younger sister, who tries to audition for “The Corny Collins Show” but is at first turned away because she is African-American.

Sykes and Joseph join an already stellar lineup that includes the aforementioned powerhouses as well as Harvey Fierstein, Kristin Chenoweth, Martin Short, Derek Hough, Dove Cameron, Garrett Clayton, exciting newcomer Maddie Baillio, and special guest stars Sean Hayes, Andrea Martin, and Rosie O’Donnell.

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