200 turn up to au­di­tion for ‘Hair­spray Live’

Baltimore Sun - - NEWS - By Brit­tany Britto bbritto@balt­sun.com twit­ter.com/brit­tanybritto

A line of around 200 col­or­ful “Hair­spray” hope­fuls wrapped around the Hip­po­drome Theatre on Thurs­day morn­ing, each waiting for a chance to be a part of a live tele­vised pro­duc­tion of the Broad­way mu­si­cal based on the 1988 John Wa­ters film.

NBC was host­ing au­di­tions for “Hair­spray Live,” of­fer­ing one Bal­ti­more-area res­i­dent a trip to Los An­ge­les and a danc­ing role in the show about a chubby Bal­ti­more girl with hep moves — and a TV dance show in need of de­seg­re­ga­tion. Bal­ti­more is the only city where the au­di­tions will be held, ac­cord­ing to an NBC spokes­woman.

The broad­cast will air Dec. 7, with a cast in­clud­ing Jen­nifer Hud­son, Har­vey Fier­stein, Kristin Chenoweth, Martin Short, Sean Hayes, Rosie O’Don­nell, Ari­ana Grande and An­drea Martin.

Would-be stars were queu­ing up for the au­di­tions by 6 a.m.

Stephanie Clark, 22, of Glen­wood was first. The dancer, who re­cently grad­u­ated from In­di­ana Univer­sity of Penn­syl­va­nia, said she had prac­ticed non­stop for three days.

“Ev­ery­one has an equal shot,” she said shortly af­ter par­tic­i­pat­ing in a flash mob per­for­mance of the show’s up­beat fi­nale, “You Can’t Stop the Beat,” or­ga­nized by NBC ex­ec­u­tive Dean McFlicker.

Bal­ti­more School for the Arts alum­nus Richard Hughes, 21, and Univer­sity of Mary­land, Bal­ti­more County dance stu­dent Tsola Akuya, 19, could be found in the flash mob, giv­ing the chore­og­ra­phy their all.

“I’m here to kill it, to win it,” Hughes said. “I’m here to go to L.A.”

Around 11:30 a.m., hope­fuls were led into the the­ater for warmups be­fore they per­formed on stage for the judges, who in­cluded ac­tress Mad­die Bail­lio, who will play the lead char­ac­ter, Tracy Turn­blad.

Just months ago, Bail­lio, a 20-year-old Mary­mount Manhattan Col­lege stu­dent, was in their shoes.

Af­ter see­ing a Face­book ad about a cast­ing call for the role of Tracy Turn­blad ear­lier this year, Bail­lio de­cided to try out and got the part. It is her first pro­fes­sional role.

“It’s al­ways been my dream to be on Broad­way. Now this is Broad­way on tele­vi­sion,” said Bail­lio.

The win­ner will be an­nounced on WBALTV the morn­ing of Sept. 20, ac­cord­ing to an NBC spokes­woman.

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