Ashley Spencer, runner-up to winner Laura Osnes in the reality television show Grease: You're the One that I Want, will join the cast of Hairspray as Amber Von Tussle on July 24 and remain with the Broadway production through October 28. She will join the company three weeks before 'N Sync's Lance Bass, who's set to play Corny Collins beginning August 14.
According to Spencer's biography on the You're the One That I Want website, the Ohio native studied ballet five days a week as a child until an injury pushed her toward theater. "At age 20, she auditioned in New York City for Barbie Live in Fairytopia and was offered Barbie understudy performing on Sundays," the bio states. "Off she went on a six-month tour and loved every minute, except for traveling by bus as she suffers from motion sickness." Spencer was working as a waitress in New York when a friend urged her to try out for the Grease reality series, where she eventually finished in second place.