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Marissa Perry to Replace Shannon Durig as Tracy Turnblad in Hairspray

Marissa Perry to Replace Shannon Durig as Tracy Turnblad in Hairspray
Broadway's Hairspray is getting a new Tracy Turnblad. Understudy Marissa Perry is replacing current star Shannon Durig in the leading role. Perry will begin performances at the Neil Simon Theatre on April 15.

"It still hasn't really hit me!" Perry told Broadway.com during her first "official shoe fitting" for her role. "It is one of my dream roles, and I absolutely love Tracy Turnblad. She's such a never-say-die, fearless girl who never sees anything wrong with herself—if people had more Tracy in them they'd all be much happier." The new star added that she is thrilled to be working with "the absolute best cast on Broadway."

Perry played Tracy Turnblad at the Weston Playhouse in Vermont, where Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman, Hairspray's Tony-winning songwriting team, discovered her and encouraged her to audition for the Broadway production. She landed the understudy part shortly thereafter. Perry's other regional ...

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Aaron Tveit Subbing for Ashley Parker Angel in Hairspray

Aaron Tveit Subbing for Ashley Parker Angel in Hairspray

Aaron Tveit has stepped into the role of Link Larkin in the Broadway company of Hairspray, a production spokesperson confirmed. Angel, the pop star who joined the show in January 2007, is out for an unspecified medical leave. He will return to the show later in the month.

Tveit, a Broadway.com Fresh Face for his co-starring role in recent ...

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Karen Mason to Join Hairspray as Velma Von Tussle

Karen Mason to Join Hairspray as Velma Von Tussle
Stage and cabaret star Karen Mason will join the Broadway company of Hairspray on April 8 as villainous station manager Velma Von Tussle, replacing Mary Birdsong. The hit musical continues its run at the Neil Simon Theatre.

Mason is also set to premiere her new cabaret show, "Right Here Right Now," in conjunction with the release of her new CD ...

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Jenifer Lewis to Join Hairspray as Motormouth Maybelle

Jenifer Lewis to Join Hairspray as Motormouth Maybelle
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Stage and screen actress Jenifer Lewis will join the Broadway company of Hairspray on April 22 as Motormouth Maybelle. Lewis will replace Darlene Love, who has starred in the long-running musical at the Neil Simon Theatre since July 2005.

Lewis, who last appeared onstage in New York in the Public Theater's 2006 Central Park production of Mother Courage and Her ...

Hairspray and Sweeney Todd Movies Score Golden Globe Nominations

Hairspray and Sweeney Todd Movies Score Golden Globe Nominations
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The big screen adaptations of the Broadway hits Hairspray and Sweeney Todd were both nominated in the category of Best Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy for the 65h Annual Golden Globe Awards. Across the Universe, the visionary musical from Lion King director Julie Taymor, also received a nomination in the category, which also includes non-musicals Charlie Wilson's War and Juno ...

Cheers Star George Wendt to Play Edna in Hairspray

Cheers Star George Wendt to Play Edna in Hairspray
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George Wendt, best known for his long run as bar regular Norm Peterson on TV's Cheers, will join the Broadway company of Hairspray as Edna Turnblad on October 23. Wendt will play the musical's matriarch until January 20, 2008 at the Neil Simon Theatre.

Wendt began his career in Chicago's Second City improv comedy troupe. He appeared on Broadway ...

Ashley Spencer

Age: 22

Currently: Making her Broadway debut as Hairspray's toxic blonde Amber von Tussle, after achieving national notoriety as first runner-up on the reality series Grease: You're The One That I Want.

Hometown: Canton, Ohio

At the Ballet: Spencer spent her early childhood studying dance and joined a local ballet company at age 10. She felt she'd found her ...

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Jim J. Bullock Returns to Broadway's Hairspray as Wilbur Turnblad

Jim J. Bullock Returns to Broadway's Hairspray as Wilbur Turnblad
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Sitcom star and game show personality Jim J. Bullock will replace Jerry Mathers in Hairspray. He will start performances in the role of Wilbur Turnblad on Tuesday, September 18 at the Neil Simon Theatre.

Bullock formerly appeared in the Broadway company of Hairspray in various roles including Harriman F. Spritzer, Mr. Pinky and the high school principal. He also understudied ...

Michele Pawk Signs On at Broadway's Hairspray

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Tony Award winner Michele Pawk will join the Broadway cast of Hairspray as Velma Von Tussle on August 21. She succeeds Isabel Keating in the role of the conniving TV producer and mom of Tracy Turnblad's rival, Amber at the Neil Simon Theatre.

Pawk received a Tony Award for best featured actress for Carol Burnett's play Hollywood Arms. Her other ...

You Can't Stop the Beat! Hairspray, From Hollywood to Broadway and Back Again

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From Hollywood to Broadway and back again, Hairspray has taken the world by storm. Building off the childhood memories of provocateur filmmaker John Waters, a host of visionary collaborators have invented and reinvented the work, and the result is three very unique incarnations.

Earning significant dollars and fans every step of the way, the sweetly rousing story has launched a ...

Hairspray - 2007 Motion Picture and Soundtrack

Hairspray - 2007 Motion Picture and Soundtrack
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In the beginning (1988) was John Waters' low-budget, provocateurish cult movie Hairspray. This was partly defused, but also grandly gussied-up, by the Broadway musical version, opening in August 2002 and still running. And now the Hollywood feature adaptation further waters down Waters.

The New Line sellout strives to make the grotesque and campy ...

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Marc Shaiman: Making Hairspray Sing on the Big Screen

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One of Hairspray composer Marc Shaiman's most endearing qualities is his enthusiasm. Shaiman is so witty and approachable, it's easy to forget that he's a seriously accomplished musician, with a Tony, a Grammy and an Emmy Award and five Oscar nominations to prove it. After achieving great success composing scores to hit movies ranging from Sleepless in ... Read More...

Grease TV Runner-Up Ashley Spencer Headed for Hairspray

Grease TV Runner-Up Ashley Spencer Headed for Hairspray
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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 ...

Lance Bass Will Join Broadway's Hairspray This Summer

Lance Bass Will Join Broadway's Hairspray This Summer
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News-making pop star Lance Bass is set to make his Broadway debut as dance-show host Corny Collins in Hairspray on August 14. He will remain with the musical through January 6, 2008.

Bass rose to fame as one fifth of the hugely popular group, 'N Sync, which holds the title for fastest-selling album of all time for "No Strings Attached ...

Jerry "Beaver" Mathers Headed for Broadway's Hairspray

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"The Beav" is coming to Broadway: Jerry Mathers, who played the title role in TV's Leave It to Beaver from 1957 to 1963, will play Wilbur Turnblad in the Broadway production of Hairspray this summer, according to The New York Times. Mathers, who will be making his Broadway debut, begins performances on June 5 at the Neil Simon Theatre, replacing ...

Hayley Podschun: My Hairspray Movie Set Diary

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Counting the days until the July 20 premiere of the big-screen version of Hairspray? So is Hayley Podschun, who joined the Broadway company of the hit musical as Tammy hot on the heels of her movie debut performance in the same role. It's been all Hairspray, all the time, for this vivacious native of Overland Park, Kansas ... Read More...

Ashley Parker Angel

Age: 25

Currently: Starring as teen heartthrob Link Larkin in Broadway's long-running musical hit Hairspray.

Hometown: Redding, California

He's the One That We Want: Angel born Ashley Ward Parker; he assumed his stepfather's distinctive surname later on got his first taste of audience acclaim while still in high school when he played Danny Zuko in a local community college production ...

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Alexa Vega to Play Hairspray's Penny Pingleton, Beginning 2/13

Alexa Vega to Play Hairspray's Penny Pingleton, Beginning 2/13
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Movie actress Alexa Vega will assume the role of Penny Pingleton in Hairspray on February 13 at Broadway's Neil Simon Theatre. The part has been played by American Idol runner-up Diana DeGarmo since last fall.

Vega has been a professional actress since age four, when she played Burt Reynolds' daughter in the TV series Evening Shade. Best known for Robert ...

TV Stars Paul Vogt and Jere Burns Team Up As Hairspray's Newest Turnblads

TV Stars Paul Vogt and Jere Burns Team Up As Hairspray's Newest Turnblads
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Paul Vogt and Jere Burns will take over the roles of longtime sweethearts Edna and Wilbur Turnblad in Hairspray on Tuesday, January 30. Current stars Blake Hammond Edna and Stephen DeRosa Wilbur will play their final performance at the Neil Simon Theatre on Sunday, January 28.

Vogt, who will make his Broadway debut, replaced original star Harvey Fierstein in the ...

Pop Star Ashley Parker Angel Is Hairspray's Next Link Larkin

Pop Star Ashley Parker Angel Is Hairspray's Next Link Larkin
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Hairspray has found its next heartthrob in Ashley Parker Angel. The former O-Town singer and MTV reality star will begin performances as the long-running musical's next Link Larkin on January 19, creating a quartet of pop stars with current cast members Diana DeGarmo of American Idol fame, R&B singer Tevin Campbell and 60s songstress Darlene Love.

Angel became a breakout star on the ABC series "Making the Band, which followed the formation of his multi-platinum recording group O-Town, known for the pop hit "All or Nothing." He most recently appeared in his own MTV series "There and Back," and released his solo album Soundtrack to Your Life last year, featuring the chart-topping single "Let You Go."

Also joining the Hairspray cast are Brynn O'Malley as Amber Von Tussle on January 19 and Susan Mosher as the ...

Hairspray Video Contest Seeks Aspiring Broadway Dancers

Hairspray Video Contest Seeks Aspiring Broadway Dancers
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If you've dreamed of appearing onstage in a Broadway musical, you have until October 11 to submit a video of yourself dancing to the Hairspray tune of your choice. The winning "big bopper," to be selected through internet voting, will receive a trip to New York to join the cast in a performance of the long-running musical.

Entrants must submit ...

John Travolta and Queen Latifah to Star in Hairspray Movie Musical

John Travolta and Queen Latifah to Star in Hairspray Movie Musical
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John Travolta and Queen Latifah are set to star as Edna Turnblad and Motormouth Maybelle, respectively, in the big screen version of Hairspray. The film is expected to begin production in Baltimore and Toronto in September, according to Variety.

Travolta, known for his lengthy film career, has not acted in a musical either on stage or screen in decades. On ...

Idol on Broadway: Diana DeGarmo Learns the Ropes at Hairspray

Idol on Broadway: Diana DeGarmo Learns the Ropes at Hairspray
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Sure, she sang in front of a bazillion people on her way to becoming American Idol's Season Three runner-up, but 18-year-old Atlanta-native Diana DeGarmo is still a Broadway neophyte. That will change when she starts as Hairspray's Penny Lou Pingleton best friend to central hair-hopper Tracy Turnblad and love interest of fine looking cat-like black boy Seaweed J. Stubbs ...

American Idol's Diana DeGarmo is New Penny Pingleton in Hairspray

American Idol's Diana DeGarmo is New Penny Pingleton in Hairspray
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American Idol's Diana DeGarmo is joining the cast of Broadway's Hairspray. She is set to play Penny Pingleton in the hit musical from February 7 through May 14.

"I've always loved Penny's part because she gets to be fun and goofy," DeGarmo told Broadway.com. "She has a real journey—she gets to blossom into a beautiful rosebud. The ...

Hairspray in Vegas: Trimming a Tony Winner for a Move to the Strip

Hairspray in Vegas: Trimming a Tony Winner for a Move to the Strip
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With announcements of the imminent Las Vegas transfers of Hairspray, The Phantom of the Opera and Spamalot, a lot of attention has been paid to Broadway musicals making their way to the strip in 90-minute intermission-less versions. The practice is far from new. While current Sin City mountings of Broadway hits Avenue Q and Mamma Mia! last over two hours ...
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