Hairspray Film Finds Its Tracy; Snow May Play Amber

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An unknown 17-year-old New Yorker has landed the lead role in the much-anticipated film of "Hairspray," based on the Tony Award-winning musical of the same name.

Variety reports that 4-foot-10 Nicole Blonsky has won the role of Tracy Turnblad, which was created on Broadway by Marissa Jaret Winokur, who won a Tony for her performance. Blonsky joins the previously announced John Travolta as Edna Turnblad, Queen Latifah as Motormouth Maybelle and Amanda Bynes as Penny Pingleton in the New Line Cinema film, which will be directed by Adam Shankman.

Blonsky, according to Variety, has performed in several musicals in the Great Neck area, including Sweeney Todd; Kiss Me, Kate; and Les Misérables. She has also sung "God Bless America" and the National Anthem at several local events.

The industry paper also says that Brittany Snow, who played Meg Pryor on the NBC series "American Dreams," is currently in negotiations to play the role of Amber.

Featuring a screenplay by Leslie Dixon, “Hairspray” — with a score by Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman — should hit movie theatres in summer 2007.

Hairspray, based on the 1988 John Waters film of the same name, currently plays the Neil Simon Theatre. The show won 2003 Tony Awards for Best Score (Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman), Best Book (Thomas Meehan and Mark O'Donnell), Best Actress in a Musical (Marissa Jaret Winokur), Best Actor (Harvey Fierstein), Best Featured Actor in a Musical (Dick Latessa), Best Costume Design (William Ivey Long), Best Musical and Best Direction of a Musical.

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