Good morning Baltimore, Maddie Baillio is your new Tracy Turnblad! NBC has cast the Texas native as the spunky teenager at the heart of Hairspray Live.
Baillio joins the already cast Jennifer Hudson, Martin Short, Derek Hough and Harvey Fierstein in the live staging of the beloved musical set in 1960s Baltimore, Maryland. The up and coming singer and dancer has no professional theater experience and won the role at an open casting call, beating out about 1,000 hopefuls. She's a sophomore at Marymount Manhattan College.
Baillio was named the 2014 Great American Songbook Youth Ambassador and in 2015 she performed with Michael Feinstein at various venues including Carnegie Hall and the Kennedy Center.