They've traded out one Ariana for another: Grande for DeBose. Playbill is reporting that Ariana DeBose has been cast to play "Alyssa" in the The Prom, the role for which Ariana Grande had originally been slated. Her character plays the girlfriend of the lead character, "Emma," which is yet to be cast.
I hadn't heard of DeBose prior to his news, but she got her break in 2009 on the television show So You Think You Can Dance, and was recently nominated for a Tony for her role in the the Donna Summer musical, Summer. She'll next be seen in the role of Anita in Steven Spielberg's upcoming adaptation of West Side Story.
Filming for The Prom is set to begin next month.