Among those in the audience at the Neil Simon Theatre were "The View" co-host Joy Behar, "All My Children" Emmy Award winner Susan Lucci as well as several other soap actors: "One Life to Live"'s Ilene Kristen, Jessica Morris, Trevor St. John, Bree Williamson and Robert S. Woods and "All My Children"'s Terri Ivens, Amelia Heinle and Eden Riegel.
After a lengthy standing ovation at the show's conclusion, Hairspray Tony Award winner Harvey Fierstein quieted the crowd to speak about his new leading lady. "This is the hardest working person in show business," Fierstein said. "Many of you know that Kathy works during the day at 'One Life to Live' and at night at Hairspray — and sometimes the reverse."
Fierstein then announced that two of Brier's hunky "One Life to Live" co stars were on hand to honor the actress. Tim Adams, who plays Brier's brother on the daytime serial, and Nathaniel Marston, who portrays her boyfriend, both bounded onto the stage from the audience with large bouquets of flowers. Before they left the stage, Fierstein quipped, "You take the boyfriend, I'll take the brother" and proceeded to walk off the stage with Adams' arms wrapped around his large Edna Turnblad waist. The festivities continued at a party at Ruth's Chris Steakhouse.
Kathy Brier danced into Broadway's Hairspray Aug. 12, playing Tracy Turnblad, the Baltimore teen who crusades for non-traditional relationships (the chubby girl and the football star) and non-traditional local TV (an integrated dance show).
Hairspray took home 2003 Tonys for Best Musical, Best Actor in a Musical, Best Supporting Actor in a Musical, Best Actress in a Musical, Best Book, Best Score, Best Direction and Best Costume Design. The musical plays the Neil Simon Theatre, 250 West 52nd Street; for tickets, call (212) 307-4100.