Hairspray, the Tony Award-winning hit Broadway musical, is expected to close in mid-January 2009, but not before welcoming back the Mother of All Ednas — Harvey Fierstein.
Playbill.com has learned that Fierstein — who won a 2003 Tony Award as Best Actor in a Musical for playing Edna Turnblad, the mama of a portly Baltimore dreamer named Tracy — would return to the Neil Simon Theatre between November and mid-January to give the smash a colorful sendoff.
It's not hard to guess that Fierstein's presence (and the announcement that the show is in its final months) is expected to re-ignite the box office and that the show just might stay on fire into the spring — or even beyond. (The closing notice of Rent excited theatregoers and prompted an extension beyond the first planned closing date.)
A spokesman for Hairspray told Playbill.com Oct. 2 that an official announcement about the show's future is imminent.
*sigh* Who's next?