Producers of NBC's "Hairspray Live" have tapped a 20-year-old actress and singer from Texas for the lead role as Tracy Turnblad in the 1960s-set musical.
Maddie Baillio of League City, Texas, was unveiled as the "Hairspray Live" star Tuesday morning on NBC's "Today." She was chosen from a field of nearly 1,000 actresses who turned out for an open casting call earlier this year. She'll star opposite Harvey Fierstein, who appeared with Baillio on "Today."
"Hairspray Live," the fourth in NBC's holiday live musical franchise, will air Dec. 7. Craig Zadan and Neil Meron are exec producers.
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Hairspray through the years
'Hairspray Live' taps newcomer Maddie Baillio for Tracy Turnblad role
UNITED STATES - AUGUST 12: Actress Marissa Jaret Winokur can't do a thing with her wild, curly mane as she brushes her hair in the mirror at her W. 50th St. apartment. She's currently starring in the Broadway musical 'Hairspray.' (Photo by Pat Carroll/NY Daily News Archive via Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - AUGUST 12: Actress Marissa Jaret Winokur, who is is currently starring in the Broadway musical 'Hairspray,' at her W. 50th St. apartment. (Photo by Pat Carroll/NY Daily News Archive via Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - AUGUST 15: Cast of the Broadway musical 'Hairspray' acknowledges the cheers of the audience during a curtain call following their opening performance at the Neil Simon Theatre. (Photo by James Keivom/NY Daily News Archive via Getty Images)
NEW YORK- FEBRUARY 23: ***EXCLUSIVE*** Harvey Fierstein leaves the Neil Simon Theatre to present an award on the 2003 Grammy telecast dressed as 'Edna Turnblad' his character in John Waters 'Hairspray' February 23, 2003 in New York City. (Photo By Bruce Glikas/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - JUNE 8: (HOLLYWOOD REPORTER OUT) Actors Laura Bell Bundy (L) and Kerry Butler from 'Hairspray' attend the '57th Annual Tony Awards' at Radio City Music Hall on June 8, 2003 in New York City. The Tony Awards are presented by the League of American Theatres and Producers and the American Theatre Wing. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - JUNE 08: The cast of the musical 'Hairspray' perform during the 2003 Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall. The show garnered seven awards including Best Actress in a Musical for Marissa Jaret Winokur and Best Actor in a Musical for Harvey Firestein. (Photo by Richard Corkery/NY Daily News Archive via Getty Images)
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