“This is me with my great Grandpa in high school, when I got my first REAL lead in Peter Pan,” Garrett wrote. “Tomorrow night I get to be Link Larkin in Hairspray Live in an epic production. To say dreams come true is an understatement. I wouldn’t trade this journey for anything.”
He added, “Thank you all for following me on this adventure. As my mom said to me when I moved to LA: ‘Keep your eyes on the stars and your feet on the ground’ – Theodore Roosevelt.”
The big night is around the corner and Maddie Baillio could not be more excited. But Hairspray Live!‘s Tracy Turnblad is doing her best to shake off her nerves associated with the fact that she’ll soon be performing in front of her biggest audience yet.
“My wig fell off one time during rehearsal. Hopefully that doesn’t happen the night of,” she told JJJ.
But if it does, the show must go on. “I should probably come up with a quick one-liner if that happens. I gotta pin it into my brain,” she added.
Her character’s hairpiece is heavy but fortunately she is able to tune it out when the stage lights turn on. “When I’m not in character I’m not thinking about it,” Maddie said.
She is, however, thinking about is her many romantic scenes that she’ll have to act out on stage. “I have four kissing scenes with Garrett Clayton, which is a lot!” she said. “I think in the 2007 movie there is just one. Oh yeah. Thumbs up. We’re going all for it.”
Hairspray Live! airs on Wednesday, December 7 @ 8PM ET/PT on NBC.
In case you didn’t already know, Hairspray Live! takes place in 1962 Baltimore and is based on the Tony Award-winning Broadway musical.
Here’s the synopsis: Plump 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.”
Mark your calendars – Hairspray Live! will air on Wednesday, December 7 @ 8PM ET/PT on NBC.