Hairspray Loses Seaweed, Velma and Amber July 13

News   Hairspray Loses Seaweed, Velma and Amber July 13 Hairspray principals Corey Reynolds, Linda Hart and Laura Bell Bundy leave the Broadway hit July 13, after more than a year developing and playing the show.

Incoming actors to play the respective roles of Seaweed, Velma Von Tussle and Amber Von Tussle are Chester Gregory II, Barbara Walsh and Tracy Jai Edwards.

On July 19, Aja Maria Johnson takes on the role of Little Inez, which Danelle Eugenia Wilson created.

Principal Tony Award winners Marissa Jaret Winokur, Harvey Fierstein and Dick Latessa remain with the show. Fierstein and Winokur both have television projects in their future, but there is no official word yet of their exit from the hit at the Neil Simon Theatre.

Corey Reynolds was Tony-nommed for playing Seaweed in the Jack O'Brien-directed musical about outsiders finally getting their shot on a Baltimore TV dance program in the 1960s.

The show won the 2003 Tony Award for Best Musical. Songwriters Scott Wittman and Marc Shaiman won the Tony for Best Score and Mark O'Donnell and Thomas Meehan won for Best Book.