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Marissa Jaret Winokur says, “Always Listen to Harvey!”

Tony Award Winner Marissa Jaret Winokur has a word of advice for the new star of TV’s upcoming Hairspray Live!

When NBC’s Hairspray Live! airs on December 7th, newcomer Maddie Baillio, just cast as the new “Tracy Turnblad,” will have some very talented, very big shoes (and hair) to fill!

Powerhouse, Marissa Jaret Winokur wowed audiences and Tony voters as “Tracy Turnblad” when the show debuted on Broadway way back in 2002. She and co-star, Harvey Fierstein both took home statuettes in 2003 for their memorable performances and the show won Best Musical.

This winter, alongside Jennifer Hudson, Martin Short and Derek Hugh, Harvey will reprise his role of “Edna Turnblad” for Hairspray Live! but Marissa has “graduated” from the role that made her famous and is happy to pass on the torch.

YB caught up with Marissa in New York City and asked if she had any advice to offer Maddie about embodying the iconic character:

“My best advice to the beautiful Maddie is: Bring your best self to Tracy! Inspire a new generation! Say YES to everything. Enjoy the ride…ALWAYS LISTEN TO HARVEY! He really does know everything!”

YB loves Marissa’s inspiring words of wisdom and we can’t wait to watch Maddie kill it on screen this December. Who knows, maybe they’ll bring The Corny Collins Show back to Broadway!

Check out a sneak peek of the new Tracy Turnblad here!

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