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St. Petersburg's Ephraim Skyes to perform on NBC musical 'Hairspray, Live!'

St. Petersburg native Ephraim Sykes, already a presence on the Broadway stage including the smash hit, Hamilton, will appear in the NBC musical Hairspray Live!, according to a report in the Associated Press.

Sykes, an original Hamilton cast member, will play Seaweed J. Stubbs in the NBC production. Fellow Broadway performer Shahadi Wright Joseph will play Seaweed's sister, Little Inez. Cast members already announced include Harvey Fierstein, Jennifer Hudson and Ariana Grande.

The son of the Rev. Manuel Sykes, pastor of St. Petersburg's Bethel Community Baptist Church, Sykes danced in the Hamilton ensemble and played George Eacker. He is a graduate of the Pinellas County Center for the Arts at Gibbs High School. Hairspray Live! airs on NBC on Dec. 7.

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