June 7, 2016


NBC's 'Hairspray Live' Finds Its Tracy Turnblad: Meet The Star

Virginia Sherwood/NBC
Virginia Sherwood/NBC

For all you Hairspray aficionados, NBC has now revealed who will play Tracy Turnblad in their live musical version! According to Variety, 20-year-old Texan newcomer Maddie Baillio snagged the lead role out of almost 1,000 actresses. 

Baillio is a sophomore at Marymount Manhattan College and has no professional theater experience. The singer/dancer will join previously announced cast mates Jennifer Hudson, Martin Short, Derek Hough and Harvey Fierstein in the 1960s-set musical. It will directed by Kenny Leon and Alex Rudzinski, with Craig Zadan and Neil Meron as executive producers.

NBC's Hairspray Live will air Dec. 7, and follows their live versions of The Sound of MusicPeter Pan and—most recently—The Wiz. The latter, which starred Shanice Williams, Mary J. BligeQueen LatifahCommonNe-Yo and David Alan Grier, became NBC’s best Thursday primetime showing since the 2009 finale of ER (excluding the Olympics).

Ahead of Hairspray's premiere, fuel your musical nostalgia by flipping through our list of Disney movies that need the live-action treatment.