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Maddie Baillio Talks Playing Tracy Turnblad, Which Hairspray Live! Co-Star Makes Her Geek Out & More

Maddie Baillio Talks Playing Tracy Turnblad, Which Hairspray Live! Co-Star Makes Her Geek Out & More

Age: 20

Hometown: League City, TX

Current Role: Following in the footsteps of Hairspray Tony winner Marissa Jaret Winokur and original film star Ricki Lake, Maddie Baillio adds her own unstoppable beat as Tracy Turnblad, an aspiring Corny Collins Show star who inspires all those around her with her big, beautiful heart and boundless optimism.

Stage Cred: Plucked ...

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Laverne Cox on Finding Her Voice for The Rocky Horror Picture Show & Her Dream Stage Roles

Laverne Cox on Finding Her Voice for The Rocky Horror Picture Show & Her Dream Stage Roles

Laverne Cox is no stranger to the screen, from her Emmy-nominated turn on Orange is the New Black to appearances in the films Grandma, 36 Saints and Grand Street. Now, she has audiences shivering with antici...pation to hear her sing out as Dr. Frank-N-Furter in Fox’s TV remake of The Rocky Horror Picture Show. In the interview below, Broadway ...

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The Sound of Music Tour Star Melody Betts on Tapping Into Her Own Faith, Audra Inspiration & Backstage Belting

The Sound of Music Tour Star Melody Betts on Tapping Into Her Own Faith, Audra Inspiration & Backstage Belting

In the final moments of The Sound of Music’s first act, Melody Betts takes center stage as Mother Abbess as she delivers the last verse of “Climb Ev’ry Mountain” with a pure, commanding soprano. Before taking on the classic Rodgers and Hammerstein musical in the current North American tour, Betts had audiences giving mid-show standing ovations as a featured ...

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Meet Tracy! Newcomer Maddie Baillio Discusses Headlining NBC's Hairspray Live!

Meet Tracy! Newcomer Maddie Baillio Discusses Headlining NBC's Hairspray Live!

Oh, oh, oh, Maddie Baillio woke up today, feeling the way she always does, except she had some big news to share: this December, she’ll take on the coveted role of Tracy Turnblad in NBC’s Hairspray Live! The Texas native just finished her sophomore year as a Theatre Arts major at Marymount Manhattan College, and now she’s getting ready to ...

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Tuck Everlasting Star Sarah Charles Lewis on the Thrill of the Stage Door, Her Dream Disney Co-Star & More

Tuck Everlasting Star Sarah Charles Lewis on the Thrill of the Stage Door, Her Dream Disney Co-Star & More

Age: 11

Hometown: Atlanta, GA

Current Role: Winnie Foster, who discovers a mysterious family and a life beyond the walls of her family's home, in the new Broadway musical Tuck Everlasting. She first played the role at the Alliance Theatre in Atlanta last year.

Stage & Screen Cred: Prior to Tuck, Lewis appeared in many local theater productions in ...

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Carlos PenaVega on Grease: Live, Greasy Foods and His Hip-Hopping and High-Flying Broadway Dream Roles

Age: 26

Hometown: Born in Missouri, raised in Miami.

Current Role: Playing wingman Kenickie to Aaron Tveit's Danny Zuko in the January 31 broadcast of Grease: Live on Fox. 

Stage and Screen Cred: As a kid, PenaVega performed in local Florida productions of musicals like Man of La Mancha, Titanic and, yes, Grease before landing regular TV ...

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Tell Us Everything! Newsies' Joey Barreiro Lets You Sneak a Peek at His Road Diary

When we think about our favorite performers, so many burning questions come to mind. What do they like to do for fun? Where do they like to shop? Who are their favorite artists? What food do they love? Would we be BFFs? You think about all of these things, too, right?! Of course you do! So, we decided we wanted ...

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On Your Feet Star Ana Villafane on Her Dream Diva Roles, Fake Equestrian Skills & Never Going Barefoot

Age: 26

Hometown: Miami, FL

Current Role: A star-making performance singing such iconic songs as "Conga," "The Rhythm Is Gonna Get You" and "1-2-3" as Grammy-winning sensation Gloria Estefan in Broadway's On Your Feet, which charts the rise of Estefan and her husband Emilio.

Stage and Screen Cred: A Broadway newbie, Villafañe racked up a number of stage and screen ...

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Billy Elliot's Cameron Clifford on Playing Dress-Up and Tap Dancing in the Limelight

Age & Hometown: 11; Flemington, NJ

Current Role: Tapping up a storm as Michael, the eccentric and sympathetic friend of the title character in the national tour of Billy Elliot.

First Steps: Even without any professional dancers in his family, young Cameron was on the move by the age of four. “When I was little, if music came on, I ...

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Broadway Buzz: How to Succeed Star Beau Bridges Reawakens His Musical Theater Senses

Beau Bridges may be new on the Broadway musical scene, but this show-biz vet has more than a few theatrical productions under his belt. Bridges debuted on the Great White Way 45 years ago in William Inge's Where’s Daddy? and made a foray into musicals in the 2009 Hollywood Bowl production of Guys and Dolls. He co-starred with his brother ...

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