Hairspray: Marissa Jaret Winokur to return as Tracy Turnblad

Marissa Jaret Winokur will reprise her Tony Award-winning performance as 'Tracy Turnblad' when she rejoins the cast of the Broadway musical Hairspray from 9 Dec 2008 at Broadway's Neil Simon Theatre.

She joins Harvey Fierstein who is currently reprising his Tony-winning performance as the dangerously devoted stage mother 'Edna Turnblad.'

In addition to receiving the 2003 Tony Award for best actress in a musical, Winokur won the Drama Desk, Outer Critics' Circle, and Theater World awards for Hairspray.

Most recently, Winokur was a favorite on season six of 'Dancing With the Stars,'� beating out eight contestants and getting eliminated only a week before the finals.

Winokur is known for her portrayal of 'Janine' in 'American Beauty,' where she immortalized the phrase �You are so busted.� She started her career in the Broadway revival of 'Grease' (Jan - Replacement: 1994 revival).

As previously announced, Hairspray, winner of the 2003 Tony Award for Best Musical, will play its final performance on 4 Jan 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 currently 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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