Hairspray: Harvey Fierstein returns as 'Edna Turnblad'

Four time Tony Award winner Harvey Fierstein reprises his 2003 Tony Award winning performance as 'Edna Turnblad' from 11 Nov 2008 for the final eight weeks of the Broadway musical Hairspray.

Fierstein last appeared on Broadway in the musical 'A Catered Affair' (2008), for which he wrote the show's book. His other Broadway acting credits include 'Fiddler on the Roof' (2002 revival), 'Safe Sex' (1987) and 'Torch Song Trilogy' (1982).

As previously announced, Hairspray, winner of the 2003 Tony Award for Best Musical, will play its final performance on 4 Jan 2009 - the musical had been selling tickets through to 28 Jun 2009.

When the musical closes it will have played 2,641 regular performances and 31 previews.

Hairspray opened at the Neil Simon Theatre on 15 Aug 2002, following previews from 18 Jul 2002.

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's cast now features: Harvey Fierstein (Edna Turnblad), Marissa Perry (Tracy Turnblad), Ken Marks (Wilbur Turnblad), Niki Scalera (Penny Pingleton), Constantine Rousouli (Link Larkin), Charlotte Crossley (Motormouth Maybelle), Clarke Thorell (Corny Collins), Tevin Campbell (Seaweed J. Stubbs), Kate Loprest (Amber Von Tussle), Karen Mason (Velma Von Tussle), Susan Mosher (Prudy Pingleton/Gym Teacher/Matron), Kevin Meaney (Harriman F. Spritzer, Mr. Pinky, and others) and Naturi Naughton (Inez).

Hairspray 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 O�Donnell 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 O�Brien 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. The musical also swept every one of the year�s 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.

In 2007 the screen adaptation of Hairspray was released by New Line Cinema and featured an all-star cast that included John Travolta, Michelle Pfeiffer, Queen Latifah, Zac Efron, James Marsden, Christopher Walken, Amanda Bynes, and Nikki Blonsky. The film was a summer hit, grossing over $200 million worldwide, and another $100 million in domestic DVD sales.

The success of the film and the Broadway show has prompted New Line to engage original Hairspray creator John Waters to write a treatment for a sequel to the musical film, which would include new songs by Shaiman & Wittman, and is tentatively scheduled to be released in summer 2010.

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