Ariana Grande

A Maturing Ariana Grande Plays Mohegan

A Maturing Ariana Grande Plays Mohegan

The era of the Disney or Nickelodeon teen celebrity makes the transition to full-fledged grown-up superstar brings some awkward moments for most everyone.

Singer and actress Ariana Grande almost seems to have benefited from her backlog of tween TV roles as she's moved to higher realms of success. If you've ever seen her play the role of the slightly stoned-seeming Cat character from the short-lived series "Sam & Cat," a spinoff of both "iCarly" and "Victorious," you might find it hard not to like Grande as a comedic actress.

Some young artists work too hard to establish their adult authority, seeming to strain to prove their maturity by acting...