NBC Holding Open Auditions for Tracy Turnblad in ‘Hairspray: Live’ Musical Event

By James Knight on Mar 29, 2016 11:59 PM EDT

Hey there teenage Baltimore. Now, is your chance to strut your stuff on the Corny Collins show. That is right, NBC is holding open auditions to discover the next Tracy Turnblad for the upcoming Hairspray Live musical event.

Recently an open casting call poster has been making the rounds, reading:

Hairspray Live open call for Tracy Turnblad. The auditions will be held on Sunday, April 24th, 2016 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. with sign-in beginning at 9:00 a.m. Telsey + Company, 315 W. 43rd St., 10th floor, New York, NY 10036.”

The casting call sheet goes to on say:

"Seeking Tracy Turnblad. Female to play high school age. Must be heavyset. Outgoing, unstoppable, good-hearted with a vibrant, lovable, spirited personality. Loves to dance. Becomes a teen heroine. Strong pop belt singer and great mover. Must be 18-years-old or older. Please come prepared to sing a short portion of 'Good morning Baltimore' a cappella.”

Auditioners are asked to bring a picture of themselves as well a resume with contact info. Anyone with questions is asked to please email them to

NBC Entertainment Chairman Robert Greenblatt recently released a statement to the press about the upcoming production (via Broadway World):

"In keeping with our desire to bring the best of Broadway to our live musicals, we've assembled the Broadway dream team of Tony Award winners for HAIRSPRAY LIVE. We're thrilled to have director Kenny Leon, who knocked THE WIZ LIVE way out of the park, and Jerry Mitchell, the original choreographer of HAIRSPRAY and who is the director of two smash hit musicals running on Broadway right now.

"We also have one of the most celebrated Broadway hyphenates, Harvey Fierstein, back writing the adaptation for TV. No one knows 'Hairspray' better than him since he played the role of 'Edna Turnblad' more than a thousand times and won the Tony Award for Best Actor in a Musical. Along with our incredible producing team of Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, and arguably the best songwriting team in musicals, Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman, HAIRSPRAY LIVE is in the best possible hands."

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