Newcomer Maddie Baillio will soon be singing “Good Morning Baltimore.”
The Today show on Tuesday announced that the up-and-coming singer/actress has been cast as Tracy Turnblad in NBC’s Hairspray Live!, following an open casting call in April.
Watch Baillio’s reaction to the good news:
Baillio joins an all-star ensemble including Harvey Fierstein (reprising his Tony-winning role as Edna Turnblad), Jennifer Hudson (as Motormouth Maybelle), Martin Short (as Wilbur Turnblad) and Derek Hough (as Corny Collins). Grease: Live‘s Alex Rudzinski is set to direct, while Craig Zadan and Neil Meron (The Wiz Live!) are on board as executive producers.
For those unfamiliar with Hairspray, it tells the story of a plus-sized teen who challenges the status quo of 1960s Baltimore by making her way onto a local TV dance show and standing up against racial inequality. NBC’s small-screen adaptation, which is based on John Waters’ 1988 film, follows a 2002 Broadway adaptation and a 2007 film remake starring Nikki Blonsky, John Travolta and Zac Efron.
Baillio will make her Hairspray Live! debut when the Peacock’s primetime musical airs on Wednesday, December 7.