Producers of the upcoming live broadcast of the Tony-winning Broadway musical Hairspray began the search for a young actress to take on the starring role of Tracy Turnblad with open auditions April 24 in New York City. Now, aspiring actresses can submit an audition via video.
Those interested must be 18 years or older. The casting breakdown describes the role as such: “Must be able to play a heavyset female. Outgoing, unstoppable, good-hearted with a vibrant, lovable, spirited personality. Loves to dance. Becomes a teen heroine. Strong pop belt singer and great mover.”
Comedian Martin Short and triple-threat performer Derek Hough recently joined the cast of Hairspray Live! Tony winner Short (Fame Becomes Me, It’s Only a Play, Primetime Glick) will play Wilbur Turnblad, opposite original Broadway star Harvey Fierstein, who will repeat his Tony-winning performance as Edna Turnblad.
Hough, who is slated to make his Broadway debut next season in Singin’ in the Rain, will play TV host Corny Collins. Oscar winner Jennifer Hudson (The Color Purple, Dreamgirls) will play Motormouth Maybelle.
The live broadcast, directed by Kenny Leon, will take place December 7.
Also joining the creative team is television director Alex Rudzinski, who received extraordinary reviews for his television direction of Grease Live! Rudzinski was also the TV director for Dancing With the Stars 2005-14.
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 Broadway production, which featured choreography by Jerry Mitchell.