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Maddie Baillio Talks Playing Tracy Turnblad, Which Hairspray Live! Co-Star Makes Her Geek Out & More

Maddie Baillio Talks Playing Tracy Turnblad, Which Hairspray Live! Co-Star Makes Her Geek Out & More

Age: 20

Hometown: League City, TX

Current Role: Following in the footsteps of Hairspray Tony winner Marissa Jaret Winokur and original film star Ricki Lake, Maddie Baillio adds her own unstoppable beat as Tracy Turnblad, an aspiring Corny Collins Show star who inspires all those around her with her big, beautiful heart and boundless optimism.

Stage Cred: Plucked ...

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Laverne Cox on Finding Her Voice for The Rocky Horror Picture Show & Her Dream Stage Roles

Laverne Cox on Finding Her Voice for The Rocky Horror Picture Show & Her Dream Stage Roles

Laverne Cox is no stranger to the screen, from her Emmy-nominated turn on Orange is the New Black to appearances in the films Grandma, 36 Saints and Grand Street. Now, she has audiences shivering with antici...pation to hear her sing out as Dr. Frank-N-Furter in Fox’s TV remake of The Rocky Horror Picture Show. In the interview below, Broadway ...

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The Sound of Music Tour Star Melody Betts on Tapping Into Her Own Faith, Audra Inspiration & Backstage Belting

The Sound of Music Tour Star Melody Betts on Tapping Into Her Own Faith, Audra Inspiration & Backstage Belting

In the final moments of The Sound of Music’s first act, Melody Betts takes center stage as Mother Abbess as she delivers the last verse of “Climb Ev’ry Mountain” with a pure, commanding soprano. Before taking on the classic Rodgers and Hammerstein musical in the current North American tour, Betts had audiences giving mid-show standing ovations as a featured ...

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Meet Tracy! Newcomer Maddie Baillio Discusses Headlining NBC's Hairspray Live!

Meet Tracy! Newcomer Maddie Baillio Discusses Headlining NBC's Hairspray Live!

Oh, oh, oh, Maddie Baillio woke up today, feeling the way she always does, except she had some big news to share: this December, she’ll take on the coveted role of Tracy Turnblad in NBC’s Hairspray Live! The Texas native just finished her sophomore year as a Theatre Arts major at Marymount Manhattan College, and now she’s getting ready to ...

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Tuck Everlasting Star Sarah Charles Lewis on the Thrill of the Stage Door, Her Dream Disney Co-Star & More

Tuck Everlasting Star Sarah Charles Lewis on the Thrill of the Stage Door, Her Dream Disney Co-Star & More

Age: 11

Hometown: Atlanta, GA

Current Role: Winnie Foster, who discovers a mysterious family and a life beyond the walls of her family's home, in the new Broadway musical Tuck Everlasting. She first played the role at the Alliance Theatre in Atlanta last year.

Stage & Screen Cred: Prior to Tuck, Lewis appeared in many local theater productions in ...

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Tell Us Everything! Wicked's Amanda Jane Cooper Lets You Sneak a Peek at Her Road Diary

Tell Us Everything! Wicked's Amanda Jane Cooper Lets You Sneak a Peek at Her Road Diary

When we think about our favorite performers, so many burning questions come to mind. What do they like to do for fun? Where do they like to shop? Who are their favorite artists? What food do they love? Would we be BFFs? You think about all of these things, too, right?! Of course you do! So, we decided we wanted ...

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Tell Us Everything! Wicked's Emily Koch Lets You Sneak a Peek at Her Road Diary

Tell Us Everything! Wicked's Emily Koch Lets You Sneak a Peek at Her Road Diary

When we think about our favorite performers, so many burning questions come to mind. What do they like to do for fun? Where do they like to shop? Who are their favorite artists? What food do they love? Would we be BFFs? You think about all of these things, too, right?! Of course you do! So, we decided we wanted ...

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Tell Us Everything! Beautiful's Liam Tobin Lets You Sneak a Peek at His Road Diary

When we think about our favorite performers, so many burning questions come to mind. What do they like to do for fun? Where do they like to shop? Who are their favorite artists? What food do they love? Would we be BFFs? You think about all of these things, too, right?! Of course you do! So, we decided we wanted ...

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Carlos PenaVega on Grease: Live, Greasy Foods and His Hip-Hopping and High-Flying Broadway Dream Roles

Age: 26

Hometown: Born in Missouri, raised in Miami.

Current Role: Playing wingman Kenickie to Aaron Tveit's Danny Zuko in the January 31 broadcast of Grease: Live on Fox. 

Stage and Screen Cred: As a kid, PenaVega performed in local Florida productions of musicals like Man of La Mancha, Titanic and, yes, Grease before landing regular TV ...

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Tell Us Everything! Newsies' Joey Barreiro Lets You Sneak a Peek at His Road Diary

When we think about our favorite performers, so many burning questions come to mind. What do they like to do for fun? Where do they like to shop? Who are their favorite artists? What food do they love? Would we be BFFs? You think about all of these things, too, right?! Of course you do! So, we decided we wanted ...

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Tell Us Everything! Cinderella's Andy Huntington Jones Lets You Sneak a Peek at His Road Diary

When we think about our favorite performers, so many burning questions come to mind. What do they like to do for fun? Where do they like to shop? Who are their favorite artists? What food do they love? Would we be BFFs? You think about all of these things, too, right?! Of course you do! So, we decided we wanted ...

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On Your Feet Star Ana Villafane on Her Dream Diva Roles, Fake Equestrian Skills & Never Going Barefoot

Age: 26

Hometown: Miami, FL

Current Role: A star-making performance singing such iconic songs as "Conga," "The Rhythm Is Gonna Get You" and "1-2-3" as Grammy-winning sensation Gloria Estefan in Broadway's On Your Feet, which charts the rise of Estefan and her husband Emilio.

Stage and Screen Cred: A Broadway newbie, Villafañe racked up a number of stage and screen ...

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Kinky Boots Tony Winner Billy Porter on His Favorite Lola Wigs, Finding Time to Date & Those Inspirational Tweets

Shazam! And bam! Yes ma’am, Billy Porter is still the queen of Broadway as Lola in Kinky Boots. Fierce, funny and moving, Porter’s Tony-winning performance has lost none of its intensity as the show heads toward its 600th performance. The star recently chatted about what makes Lola beautiful, how his own looks have changed and his double life as a ...

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Jersey Boys Tour Star Nicolas Dromard on Four Seasons Make-Out Music and Getting His Dream Role

Earlier this year, as Nicolas Dromard was ending his Broadway run as Bert in Mary Poppins, he revealed a dream role in an interview with Broadway.com: Tommy DeVito, the charismatic, trouble-making founder of the Four Seasons, in Jersey Boys. Imagine our surprise when the Canadian actor, a former Fiyero in Wicked, was announced as the latest renegade in the ...

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Once Tour Star Stuart Ward on 'Falling Slowly' in Love with the Tony-Winning Musical

It didn’t take British newcomer Stuart Ward long to find himself center stage as Guy in the Tony Award-winning musical Once. Soon after kicking off the show’s West End premiere as an understudy, the actor was tapped to lead the American national tour. Having studied guitar since the age of 12, Ward feels more than prepared to serve as the ...

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Douglas Sills Talks Touring in a Dramatically Different Addams Family and His Chemistry with Stage Wife Sara Gettelfinger

Douglas Sills made a splashy Broadway debut 14 years ago in the title role of Frank Wildhorn’s musical version of The Scarlet Pimpernel. Tall, dashing and hilarious, the big-voiced actor nabbed a Tony nomination for his performance as French aristocrat-turned-swashbuckling superhero Percy Blakeney. Since then, Sills has worked mostly from Los Angeles, with extended periods helping to run a family ...

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La Cage aux Folles Star George Hamilton on Fashion Tips from Cary Grant and Memories with Judy Garland

“I’m verging on the looks of Howard Hughes,” George Hamilton laments of his famous tan, which has endured throughout his five decades in show business. The screen icon isn’t seeing much sun these days, as he’s living a disciplined life when not on stage starring as Georges in the national tour of La Cage aux Folles. After playing roles ...

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Million Dollar Quartet’s Cody Slaughter on Channeling Elvis and Witnessing Super Sweet 16 Drama

Age and Hometown: “I’ll be turning 21 when we play Las Vegas in June. Wish me luck!”; Harrison, AK

Current Role: The king of rock ‘n’ roll himself, Elvis Presley, in the national tour of Million Dollar Quartet.

Growing Up in the Slaughter House:
Slaughter was not the typical teenager. While his classmates were engaged in extracurricular sports and ...

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Broadway Buzz: How to Succeed Star Beau Bridges Reawakens His Musical Theater Senses

Beau Bridges may be new on the Broadway musical scene, but this show-biz vet has more than a few theatrical productions under his belt. Bridges debuted on the Great White Way 45 years ago in William Inge's Where’s Daddy? and made a foray into musicals in the 2009 Hollywood Bowl production of Guys and Dolls. He co-starred with his brother ...

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What Makes White Christmas Star Stephen Buntrock's Holiday Season Merry and Bright?

Stephen Buntrock, a self-described Christmas junkie, is spreading holiday cheer across the U.S. this December in the national tour of White Christmas. As Bob Wallace, part of a showbiz pair that mounts a production in the attempt to save a Vermont inn, Buntrock is reveling in the classic Irving Berlin tunes. Previously seen as Frederik in the starry Broadway ...

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