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Picked to play Tracy Turnblad in an open call earlier this year in NYC, Maddie Baillio is well aware she's the latest in a long line of Tracys. "Every Tracy is so different," she says between rehearsals. "They all bring their own thing, Ricki [Lake, from the original 1988 film] was kind of the dirtier Tracy. Nikki [Blonsky, from the 2007 film] was very simple. Marissa [Jaret Winokur, from the stage production] was the Broadway Tracy. People here have coined me as the “Pop Tracy” because I like to do like runs and riffs."