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Hairspray: Paul C. Vogt and Jere Burns are Broadway's new Edna and Wilbur Turnblad


Paul Vogt and Jere Burns take over the roles of Edna and Wilbur Turnblad on 30 Jan in the Broadweay musical Hairspray.

Paul C. Vogt, who starred for several seasons on the hit television series 'Mad TV,' is making his Broadway debut in Hairspray. He most recently performed the role of Edna Turnblad at the North Shore Music Theatre in Boston and replaced Harvey Fierstein in the Las Vegas production. Vogt assumes the role of Edna Turnblad from Blake Hammond.

Jere Burns made his Broadway debut in Manhattan Theatre Club's production of After the Night and the Music (2005). He is best known to television audiences for his portrayal of Kirk Morris on the hit series, 'Dear John.' Burns assumes the role of Wilbur Turnblad from Stephen DeRosa

Hairspray's cast also features: Shannon Durig (Tracy Turnblad), Diana DeGarmo (Penny Pingleton), Ashley Parker Angel (Link Larkin), Darlene Love (Motormouth Maybelle), Jonathan Dokuchitz (Corny Collins), Tevin Campbell (Seaweed J. Stubbs), Haylie Duff (Amber Von Tussle), Kevin Meaney (Harriman F. Spritzer, Mr. Pinky, and others) and Naturi Naughton (Inez).

Hairspray opened at the Neil Simon Theatre on the 15 Aug 2002, following previews from the 18 Jul. The show is currently booking to 24 Jun 2007.

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 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. 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.

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