View Comments Maddie Baillio as Tracy Turnblad(Photo: Virginia Sherwood/NBC) 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 share the soundstage with Harvey Fierstein, Jennifer Hudson and more. Broadway.com sat down with the fresh face on the day of the announcement to learn all about the dramatic reveal from director Kenny Leon, keeping Game of Thrones-level secrets and more.Congratulations! This all must be such a whirlwind for you.This is surreal. I was finishing my finals in college two weeks ago. This is incredible.Walk me through that moment when you booked it.It was the last call back. Kenny Leon came in with a big envelope. He said, “Harvey Fierstein just emailed this to me and asked if you’d read it. It’s a part of the script, so just take it out of the envelope, look into the camera and project.” And I’m like, “Oh, this is fishy!” I pulled it out, and in huge, bold letters it said, “The role of Tracy Turnblad in NBC’s Hairspray Live! will be played by Maddie Baillio.” I didn’t think it was real. I actually asked Kenny, “Are you joking? This is cruel if you’re joking!” But it was real, obviously. I called my mom, and she was very excited for me, and my dad just screamed. I think he was on his tractor in Texas.Was it tough keeping the news a secret? So tough. I don’t know how famous people do that, like on Game of Thrones. I think it was even harder for my parents to keep it a secret.What was the open call process like? There were so many girls who looked like me and talked like me, but I didn’t want to compare myself to anyone. I got in the room with [casting director] Bernie Telsey at noon. We were asked to prepare a short portion of “Good Morning Baltimore,” so I was pretty confident with that. Then he said, “That sounded great. Now, will you sing the end of the song?” I didn’t really know the end of the song, so I totally messed up like 50% of the words. I don’t think that mattered, though. [Laughs.]There were so many hopefuls who went full out with hair and costumes. Did you go that route? No, I think I was the only girl wearing pants. I wore pants and a color-blocked sweater. I kept it simple.Have you done Hairspray before? I’ve never done it before. I did sing “Good Morning Baltimore” for a competition when I was in fifth grade, and that’s actually the only time I’ve ever forgotten the words in a performance on stage. So I just started dancing, naturally. That was embarrassing, and I said, “Never again.”I think by December, you’ll have it down. Hopefully! That’s the only song I’m going to practice every day.Has Hairspray been a part of your life for a while now? Ever since I saw the movie, I fell in love with Tracy. That’s a girl who looks like me. You don’t see that on TV or film, or anywhere at all these days. That was really inspirational.What is it about the show and Tracy that resonates with you? There are so many important themes in Hairspray that are relevant today—particularly body image. Tracy’s so comfortable in her skin, but it took me a while to feel that way. She’s so optimistic. She sees a rat on the street, and she’s like, “That is the coolest thing ever.” I wouldn’t go that far, but I feel the same about a lot of things.For many people, these telecasts are their first exposure to musicals. What does it mean for you to be a part of that? I wish when I was really young, there would have been something like this. Being all the way out in Texas, there’s no way I could just come and see a Broadway show every weekend. It’s cool that people get to experience this art form that’s so beautiful and important in my life.What’s going through your head as you get ready to work with these huge names like Kenny Leon, Harvey Fierstein and Jennifer Hudson? These are people I’ve looked up to for so long. Harvey Fierstein won a Tony for this! And I know Jennifer Hudson is going to slay. I think what I’m most excited about is not just working with them, but learning from them. If there are days when I don’t have rehearsal, maybe I can just go and look at them. That would be the best masterclass in the world.NBC’s Hairspray Live! will air from Los Angeles on December 7.
BELOW ARE PROJECT-BY-PROJECT DESCRIPTIONS OF THE VERMONT PROJECTS — # # # # # The Village Revitalization Initiative’a cooperative effort among Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT), the Preservation Trust of Vermont, and the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) ‘ drew national recognition Thursday in garnering the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation’s (ACHP) Chairman’s Award for Achievement in Historic Preservation. ‘This creative and important initiative demonstrates how effective partnerships can use relatively modest funding to accomplish important local projects that create jobs, preserve our heritage, and improve the vitality of communities,’ said Milford Wayne Donaldson, FAIA, ACHP chairman. ‘It is a great model for other elected officials and preservation organizations to emulate across the country.’ In 2005, Leahy and the Preservation Trust of Vermont’using HUD Economic Development Initiative Special Projects Congressional Grants’embarked on a partnership to build stronger and more economically vibrant villages and small downtowns. Leahy said, ‘This initiative proves again that historic preservation is not a cost for saving the past, but a wise investment in the future. Vermonters are respectful stewards of our state’s rich heritage. Cookie-cutter solutions are not the Vermont way. Paul Bruhn and the other partners in this effort carefully and thoughtfully forged unique, local, ‘hand-crafted’ solutions that embrace our history, while envisioning a vibrant future for these special Vermont places.’ Readsboro, before and after.In remarks Thursday as he accepted the award, Leahy told a personal story: ‘As a child, I recall visiting the 1891 Romanesque Post Office building that defined a block of downtown Montpelier. It was a beautiful building ‘ complete with an arched entry way, a turret and a grand courtroom. In 1963, the structure was destroyed to make room for a white box building that resembles a prison, a design familiar to any town in the county that got a new federal building in the 60s. With the loss of that building, the character of my hometown was forever changed. If the Preservation Trust of Vermont and Paul Bruhn had been there, they would have saved that post office. He continued, ‘When Paul, my staff and I discussed the creation of the Village Revitalization Initiative, our goal was simple: to help towns protect their greatest historic, economic and community-building assets — their historic town centers — from the fate of the Montpelier Post Office.‘Though this program is primarily a bricks-and-mortar historic preservation program, we chose not to focus on the historic value of a building, but instead on the historic use and potential impact of restoring the building to full use. This approach made every historic preservation project we undertook a meaningful economic development and community development project. We reopened community spaces, rebuilt general stores and gave people places to gather in the center of their communities.‘Perhaps most notable was that we did all this with earmarks. I’m proud that we did all of this with earmarks that created jobs. I’m number two in seniority in the Senate and number two in seniority on the Senate Appropriations Committee and let me tell you a little secret: I’m not giving up on earmarks. I hope that your recognition of this program might help bring a bit of common sense to the appropriations process and prove that sometimes Congress can get it right.’During its first six years, the Village Revitalization Initiative supported 27 projects in 25 different communities in Vermont (see list below). A federal investment of $2,435,200 has helped leverage more than $27 million in total project costs. At the ACHP Fall Business Meeting Thursday in Washington, Donaldson presented the award to Leahy; Paul Bruhn, Executive Director, Preservation Trust of Vermont; and Yolanda ChÃ¡vez, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Grant Programs, Office of Community Planning and Development, HUD. Putney, before and after.The Village Revitalization Initiative’s goals are to use targeted federal grants to leverage investments that have made possible a collection of village-scaled historic preservation projects across Vermont. In 1995, when the average earmark was well over $1 million, the small scale of many projects in Vermont was a stumbling block for gaining federal support. For Leahy ‘ a senior member of the Senate Appropriations Committee ‘ and his Initiative partners, the solution was to aggregate the smaller projects and to direct the overall grant monies, secured by Leahy, through the Preservation Trust of Vermont, which in turn sub-granted to communities. The grants are for rehabilitation of historic community buildings located in the heart of a community center or in a small downtown. A primary criterion is that projects must result in enhanced community use of a facility. The Preservation Trust of Vermont provided hands-on technical assistance, project management and grants management assistance. Leahy’s seasoned and accomplished economic development staffers visited prospective grantees with the Preservation Trust personnel, and they worked closely together in vetting and refining proposals and then in making selections. The projects have created both short-term construction and permanent jobs in Vermont. Short-term federal and state income tax revenues have grown from construction jobs, as have long-term property tax revenues. HUD-EDI investments will play a crucial continuing role in the vitality of these communities. The individual projects, while strengthening their own communities, together reinforce the essential unique character of Vermont, helping to maintain the state’s special brand. The federal grants ranged from $20,000 to $250,000 for revitalization projects ranging from $50,000 to $7 million in overall costs. For more information, visit www.achp.gov(link is external) and also http://leahy.senate.gov(link is external) and www.ptvermont.org(link is external) The location of projects to date and their grant/total costs include the following: Addison County Salisbury ‘ Shard Villa $100,000/$200,000 total Ferrisburgh ‘ Grange/Town Hall $100,000/$2.5 millionBennington CountyReadsboro ‘ Bullock Block$100,000/$200,000 first phase Caledonia CountyHardwick ‘ Jeudevine Memorial Library $50,000/$200,000 total ‘ Memorial Hall $20,000/$40,000 total ‘ Town House $30,000/$50,000Groton ‘ Village Store and Library $54,900/$3.5 million total Chittenden County Richmond ‘ Round Church fire suppressions system $25,000/$215,000 in this phaseEssex County Bloomfield ‘ Town Hall $70,000/$75,000 this phase/$200,000 total Brighton ‘ Town Hall/Opera House $60,000/$500,000 totalFranklin County Richford ‘ Sweat Comings Health Care Center $100,000/$7 million totalGrand Isle County North Hero ‘ Community Center $100,000/$800,000 total Orange County Brookfield ‘ Old Town Hall $100,000/$400,000 total Strafford ‘ Town House Bell Tower $50,000/$100,000 Bradford ‘ Public Library $75,000/$203,000 total Randolph ‘ Chandler Music Hall $250,000/$3.5 million totalRutland County Brandon ‘ Old Town Hall $70,000/$900,000 total Pawlet ‘ Town Hall Auditorium $75,000/$200,000 this phase West Rutland ‘ Carving Studio $75,000/$200,000 total Sudbury ‘ Meeting House $75,000/$130,000 phases 5 & 6/$250,000 total Poultney ‘ Bentley House $100,000/$220,000 totalWashington County Worcester ‘ Town Hall $50,000/$162,300 totalWindham County Rockingham Bellows Falls ‘ Town Hall Theatre $100,000/$850,000 total Putney ‘ General Store (Putney Historical Society) $160,000/$800,000 total Guilford ‘ Housing and General Store (Friends of Algiers Village) $65,000/$250,000 first phase Windsor County Rochester ‘ Pierce Hall $100,000/$700,000 this phase Springfield ‘ Ellis Block $125,000/$3,401,051 total North Hero Town Hall: $100,000Funding used for exterior improvements to a 70-year-old building in the center of North Hero, helping to reopen the building to community members and visitors in preparation of the Quadricentennial celebration of Lake Champlain.Putney General Store: $160,000Funding used to rebuild the Putney General Store that was targeted by arson twice in 18 months. The historic building housed a general store since 1830. The community will open a community supported general store shortly. Readsboro Bullock Building: $100,000Funding was used to stabilize the 1880’s three-story, wood frame building that serves as a prominent storefront in the center of Readsboro. Brandon Old Town Hall: $70,000Funding was used for interior improvements to the 1861 Greek Revival Brandon Town Hall to enable additional public uses.Poultney’s Bentley Hall: $100,000Funding was used by Green Mountain College to restore a 1900 Queen Anne-Colonial Revival building in the center of Poultney Village to serve as community meeting facility.Randolph’s Chandler Center for the Arts: $250,000Funds were used for rehabilitation and additions at the 1907 music hall in central Vermont.Richmond Round Church: $25,000Funding was used to install fire suppression equipment in the nearly 200-year-old Richmond landmark at the heart of Richmond village.Guilford Village Store: $65,000Funds will be used by the Friends of Algiers Village to purchase, stabilize and reopen the Guilford Village Store.Brighton Opera House / Town Hall: $60,000 ‘ exterior siding workFunding will be used for the removal of old vinyl siding from the 122-year old Town Hall and restoring the building’s wood clapboard appearance and original architectural features. Springfield Ellis Block: $125,000Funding was used for exterior rehabilitation efforts following a 2008 fire that destroyed several units of housing and an iconic downtown movie theater. The theater reopened recently.Salisbury Shard Villa: $100,000Funding used to restore murals and infrastructure at a 1874 historic residential care home and national historic site.Hardwick Jeudevine Memorial Library: $50,000Funding was directed to repoint exterior stonework of the 1896 Jeudevine Memorial Library, a classic Romanesque Revival building designed by Lambert Packard, one of Vermont’s most prominent nineteenth-century architects.Hardwick Memorial Hall window repair: $20,000Funding was used to conserve windows and replace historic lighting fixtrues in the 1911 Neo-Classical style building listed on the National Register of Historic Places.Hardwick Town House woodwork, roof, foundation repair: $30,000Funding was used to make structural improvements and code improvements to the c. 1860 Hardwick Academy building.Groton Village Restoration Project: $54,900Funding was used as part of a village-wide mixed use restoration effort.Bloomfield Town Hall: $70,000Funding was directed to make foundation, basement and life safety repairs enabling the late 19th century stick style building to be used as a public meeting space.Brookfield Old Town Hall: $75,000Funding was directed to make structural repairs and add handicap access so that the mid 1850’s facility could be used for community functions. The building is listed on the National Register as a contributing structure to the Brookfield Village Historic District.Strafford Town House: $50,000Funding was used to make repairs to the 1799 Town House which stands on a small hill overlooking the common in the Village of Strafford. The building has been in continuous use for 200 years for Town Meetings and elections.Bellows Falls Town Hall Theater: $100,000Funding was used to restore the 1926 building, targeting the 250 seat theater. Improvements included reproduction and installation of arched windows and stage renovations to accommodate both film and live theater.Worcester Town Hall: $50,000Funding was used to address fire safety code improvements and accessibility problems on the second floor of the town office building.Sudbury Meeting House: $75,000Funding was used to help the Sudbury Community Club restore the 1807 Gothic style meeting house.West Rutland Carving Studio: $75,000Funding was used to convert former Vermont Marble Company offices into usable year round artist space.Bradford Public Library: $75,000Funding was used to complete brick work and roof work on the 1895 Woods Library Building in the heart of Bradford.Pawlet Town Hall: $75,000Funding was used to help the town restore the 1881 Italianate style town office building and reopen the second story town meeting hall closed due to accessibility concerns.Richford Sweat Cummings: $100,000Funding was used to help convert a decaying mill property in housing, retail and office space in the downtown center of Richford. This funding was particularly helpful in relocating the Richford Health Center to the mill.Ferrisburgh Grange Project: $100,000Funding was used to help the town rebuild the 1868 Italianate style Grange Hall into town offices and a community center following a 2005 fire that destroyed the building prior to rehabilitation efforts.Rochester Pierce Hall: $100,000Funding was used to help the Pierce Hall Community Center restore the 1916 Pierce Hall and re-establish its original purpose as a community center and performance venue for the Upper White River Valley.WASHINGTON (THURSDAY, Nov. 10, 2011) ‘ # # # # #
In the Champions league, Manchester City face group leaders Barcelona at the Etihad tonight.The Catalan side won 4-0 when they met three weeks ago at the Camp Nou and City boss Pep Guardiola says this game is now like a final to his side.The Premier league leaders are 5 points behind Barca at the top of the group and just one ahead of Borussia Monchengladbach. The German side welcome Celtic to Borussia park tonight.Arsenal can all but secure their place in the last 16 with a win against Ludogorets in Bulgaria.