The amazing thing? Baillio, who is an accomplished singer and dancer from small-town Texas, has no professional theater experience, and she beat out nearly 1,000 Tracy Turnblad hopefuls. Now that’s impressive.
“I am so excited and to think that I was cramming for my finals two weeks ago,” Baillio said on the Today show, “and now I get to perform with my idols!”
A sophomore at Marymount Manhattan College in New York City, Baillio does have onstage experience, recently starring in Dracula, the Musical and Once Upon a Mattress. Here’s Baillio absolutely killing it in December 2014 at the legendary Birdland Jazz Club.