Residents Are Invited to Sept. 15 Contest for a Chance to Win a Flyaway to California and Appear on the Highly Anticipated Dec. 7 Telecast
UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif. — September 9, 2016 — Don’t miss your chance to audition and dance on NBC’s “Hairspray Live!”
A dance contest has been set for Thursday, Sept. 15 at the Hippodrome Theater in Baltimore and is open to residents of the WBAL-TV market. The winner will be flown to Los Angeles and be part of NBC’s live telecast, which takes place Wednesday, Dec. 7 at 8 p.m. ET/PT.
“Hairspray Live!” star Maddie Baillio, who plays Tracy Turnblad, will join an array of producers and choreographers as judges.
Contestants should watch the videos featuring Derek Hough and be expected to perform as he explains the step-by-step dance moves. Also, contestants need to fill out the registration form and bring it to the audition. Please visit www.wbaltv.com/hairspray for the video, form and more information.
“The opportunity to influence an up-and-coming dancer is truly an honor,” Hough said. “Going back to Baltimore where this story first began is a full-circle moment for ‘Hairspray.’ Our winner will be a great addition to this already stellar cast.”
“Hairspray Live!” stars Harvey Fierstein, Jennifer Hudson, Ariana Grande, Kristin Chenoweth, Martin Short, Derek Hough, Dove Cameron, Garrett Clayton, Ephraim Sykes, Shahadi Wright Joseph, exciting newcomer Maddie Baillio, and special guest stars Sean Hayes, Andrea Martin, and Rosie O’Donnell.
In “Hairspray Live!,” teenager Tracy Turnblad’s dream is to dance on “The Corny Collins Show,” a local TV program. When against all odds Tracy wins a role on the show, she becomes a celebrity overnight and meets a colorful array of characters, including the resident dreamboat, Link; the ambitious mean girl, Amber; an African-American boy she meets in detention, Seaweed; and his mother, Motormouth Maybelle, the owner of a local record store. Tracy’s mother is the indomitable Edna, and she eventually encourages Tracy on her campaign to integrate the all-white “Corny Collins Show.”
Acclaimed live television director Alex Rudzinski (“Dancing with the Stars”) will join Tony-winning director Kenny Leon (“The Wiz Live!”). Craig Zadan and Neil Meron (Oscar-winning ”Chicago,” ”The Wiz Live!” and the upcoming “A Few Good Men Live!”) serve as executive producers of “Hairspray Live!” Harvey Fierstein will also provide a new teleplay and Tony winner Jerry Mitchell (“Kinky Boots,” “On Your Feet”) will serve as choreographer for the live production with music and lyrics by Tony winners Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman (“Smash,” the upcoming feature ”Mary Poppins Returns” and the Broadway-bound “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory”).
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