Hairspray Live! Holds NYC Open Call for Tracy Today

News   Hairspray Live! Holds NYC Open Call for Tracy Today
NBC begins the search for the star of its next live theatrical event today in New York City.
Marissa Jaret Winokur
Marissa Jaret Winokur

Producers of the upcoming live broadcast of the Tony-winning Broadway musical Hairspray begin the search for a young actress to take on the starring role of Tracy Turnblad.

Open auditions take place in New York City April 24 from 10 AM–2 PM. Sign-in begins at 9 AM. Casting is by telsey + co.

Actresses, 18-years-old or older, are asked to come prepared to sing a short portion of the show’s opening number, “Good Morning Baltimore,” a cappella.

Here’s how they break down the character: “Female to play high school age. Must be heavyset. Outgoing, unstoppable, good-hearted with a vibrant, lovable spirited personality. Strong pop belt singer and great mover.”

Auditions will take place at telsey + co., located at 315 West 43rd Street (10th Floor), New York, NY. Email with any questions.

Based on the 1988 John Waters film of the same name, Hairspray 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. Jack O'Brien directed the original, which featured choreography by Jerry Mitchell.

A screen adaptation of the musical, which was also produced by Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, premiered in 2007.

Hairspray will be broadcast live on NBC Dec. 7.

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