Hairspray: teen idol Ashley Parker Angel makes his Broadway debut

As previously announced, Teen idol Ashley Parker Angel will make his Broadway debut as dreamy Link Larkin on 19 Jan 2007. He assumes the role from Aaron Tveit.

Ashley Parker Angel became a breakout star on the ABC series 'Making the Band.' The show chronicled the formation of his multi-platinum recording group O-Town, most widely recognized for the smash hit 'All or Nothing.' Ashley has toured internationally, recently appeared in his own MTV series 'There and Back,' and last year released his solo album Soundtrack to Your Life. His single 'Let You Go' achieved the highest debut on Billboard's hot singles chart of any artist in 2006 and spent weeks at number one on MTV's 'TRL.'

Also joining the Hairspray cast are Brynn O�Malley as Amber Von Tussle on 19 Jan 2007 and Susan Mosher as the Female Authority Figure on 16 Jan 2007. Both actors are making their Broadway debut.

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 cast also features Blake Hammond (Edna Turnblad), Shannon Durig (Tracy Turnblad), Stephen DeRosa (Wilbur Turnblad), Diana DeGarmo (Penny Pingleton), 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 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.

Ashley Parker Angel

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