Watch Ariana Grande In ‘Hairspray Live!’

Ariana Grande took a night off of being a dangerous woman to play Penny Pingleton in the Hairspray Live! TV musical event.

Grande returned to her musical theater roots Wednesday night as the friend and classmate of protagonist Tracy Turnblad.

"Coming from theater, that's what we feed off. We love that," Grande told E! News about the live energy in an interview with Hairspray Live costar Kristin Chenoweth prior to the one-time show.

One of the tunes Grande sings is a special duet with Jennifer Hudson on "Come so Far (Got so Far to Go)," which deals with race and body image.

"The message in the song is exactly what we need right now," Grande said. "Because the hook says, 'We've come so far, but we've got so far to go,' which is exactly where we're at right now. It's exactly why we're supposed to be doing this show right now, cosmically. The world needs to hear it in a fun musical way, it's a message that we need to get out there."

She added: "It's just the most beautiful thing ever."

Watch several of Grande's performances below:


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