The great Hairspray search is over. Meet Maddie Bailio.
When NBC announced that they were looking for an unknown to play the perky Tracy Turnblad for their live presentation of Hairspray, girls came out in droves to the casting call in New York City. Maddie Baillio won the coveted role of Tracy Turnblad, and she joins a cast that includes Harvey Fierstein as her mother, Edna, Jennifer Hudson, Martin Short, and Derek Hough. More supporting players have yet to be announced.
Last year’s The Wiz Live made a star out of Shanice Williams who was plucked out of obscurity to play Dorothy, and she her wide eyed wonder is one of the reasons why that musical was so good. Watching Baillio’s reaction to winning the part is just as adorable. That genuine loveliness is something that makes us want to see how she is going to do in the role. She seems perfect.
NBC’s Hairspray Live!, starring Maddie Bailio will air on December 7, 2016