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Newcomer Maddie Baillio makes her debut in 'Hairspray Live' --and makes some all-star friends along the way

Newcomer Maddie Baillio makes her debut in 'Hairspray Live' --and makes some all-star friends along the way

Maddie Baillio, who makes her professional acting debut as the star of NBC’s live musical production “Hairspray Live” on Wednesday, is lounging on the couch in her sparse dressing room, holding an important paper. 

“It's crazy — I just opened this,” says Baillio, who plays the dance-loving teen Tracy Turnblad, with a smile as she dangles the flowered stationary in the air. “This is my first fan mail!”

Baillio is taking a breather before another round of rehearsals on this November day at the NBC Universal lot in Universal City, where the elaborate staging will unfold live on the small screen. 

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