HAIRSPRAY serves up an all-star cast and leading the pack is Marriott Theatre and Chicagoland favorite Ross Lehman (Hot Mikado, The Producers) as Edna Turnblad. Marissa Perry as Tracy Turnblad and Constantine Rousouli as Link Larkin come to the Marriott Theatre fresh off the Broadway stage, having just closed the New York production of HAIRSPRAY. The Marriott’s production also stars Heidi Kettenring as Penny Pingleton, Johanna Mckenzie Miller as Amber Von Tussle, Hollis Resnik as Velma Von Tussle, Gene Weygandt as Wilbur Turnblad, Bernie Yvon as Corney Collins, Josh Breckenridge as Seaweed J. Stubs and E. Faye Butler as Motormouth Maybelle.
HOLLIS? E. FAYE? KETTENRING? On the SAME STAGE? I nearly fainted reading this press release. I wasn’t that excited about seeing this — but now? Forgettaboutit. I’m there. I also hear Marissa is a great Tracy (she played her on Broadway for a spell) and Ross is a local favorite, getting rave reviews for his Max Bialystock in Marriott’s The Producers.
Hairspray opens at the Marriott Theatre on September 23 and runs through December 6, 2009.