Hairspray: Aaron Tveit steps in for Ashley Parker Angel in the role of 'Link Larkin'
Aaron Tveit as temporarily replaced Ashley Parker Angel in the role of 'Link Larkin' in the musical Hairspray. Angel is expected to return to the role in late April 2008.
This is the second time that Tveit has played the role of 'Link Larkin,' he made his Broadway debut in the role in 2006. Off Broadway Tveit has recently been nominated for a 2008 Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Featured Actor for his role as 'Gabe' in Second Stage Theatre's production of the musical 'Next to Normal,' and is next due to star in Playwrights Horizons production of the musical Saved which begins performances on 9 May 2008.
As previously reported Karen Mason is to assume the role of Velma Von Tussle on the 8 Apr 2008, and Jenifer Lewis is to assume the role of Motormouth Maybelle from the 22 Apr 2008.
Hairspray, winner of the 2003 Tony Award for Best Musical, opened at the Neil Simon Theatre on the 15 Aug 2002, following previews from the 18 Jul. The show is currently booking to 4 Jan 2009.
In Hairspray Baltimore's Tracy Turnblad, a big girl with big hair and an even bigger heart, has only one passion -- to dance. She wins a spot on the local TV dance programme, 'The Corny Collins Show' and, overnight, is transformed from outsider to irrepressible teen celebrity. But can a trendsetter in dance and fashion vanquish the program's reigning princess, win the heart of heartthrob Link Larkin, and integrate a television show?
Hairspray currently features: George Wendt (Edna Turnblad), Shannon Durig (Tracy Turnblad), Jim J. Bullock (Wilbur Turnblad), Niki Scalera (Penny Pingleton), Aaron Tveit (Link Larkin), Clarke Thorell (Corny Collins), Tevin Campbell (Seaweed J. Stubbs), Ashley Spencer (Amber Von Tussle), Mary Birdsong (Velma Von Tussel), Susan Mosher (Prudy Pingleton/Gym Teacher/Matron), Kevin Meaney (Harriman F. Spritzer, Mr. Pinky, and others) and Naturi Naughton (Inez).
The musical comedy is based on the New Line Cinema film written and directed by John Waters, who serves as a creative consultant on the musical comedy. It features a book by Mark Oï¿½Donnell and Thomas Meehan, and a score by five-time Academy Award nominee Marc Shaiman and lyrics by Shaiman and Scott Wittman. Hairspray is directed by Jack Oï¿½Brien and choreographed by Jerry Mitchell; scenic design is by David Rockwell; costume design is by William Ivey Long; lighting design is by Kenneth Posner; and sound design is by Steve C. Kennedy.
Hairspray is the winner of eight 2003 Tony Awards, including best musical, best actor, best actress, best featured actor, best score, best book, best director, and best costume design. Hairspray also swept every one of the yearï¿½s best musical awards, winning, in addition to the Tony, the New York Drama Critics Circle Award, the Drama Desk Award, the Outer Critics Circle Award, and the Drama League Award.
Hairspray is produced by Margo Lion; Adam Epstein; The Baruch, Viertel, Routh & Frankel Group; James D. Stern/Douglas L. Meyer; Rick Steiner/Frederic H. Mayerson; SEL & GFO; New Line Cinema, in association with Clear Channel Entertainment; A. Gordon/E. McAllister; D. Harris/M. Swinsky; J. & B. Osher.
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