Darren Criss tapped as behind-the-scenes digital host for NBC’s ‘Hairspray Live!’

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LOS ANGELES — Darren Criss is joining the nicest kids in town.

The Glee alum has been tapped as the multiplatform host for NBC’s live telecast of Hairspray Live!, Mashable has exclusively  learned.

The uplifting musical comedy delves into the issues of racial segregation in Baltimore in the 1960s. The live TV production will air on NBC on Wednesday Dec. 7.

Newcomer Maddie Baillio has been tapped to play the lead role of Tracy Turnblad. Other cast members include Jennifer Hudson (Motormouth Maybelle), Ariana Grande (Penny), Kristin Chenoweth (Velma Von Tussle), Martin Short (Wilbur Turnblad), Harvey Fierstein (Edna Turnblad; he is also one of the show’s writers), Derek Hough (Corny Collins), Sean Hayes (Mr. Pinkie) and Rosie O’Donnell (gym teacher). Read more…

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