Joey Fatone, his boy-singer pal from the now-disbanded pop group, has appeared as Mark in Rent and Seymour in Little Shop of Horrors. In Hairspray, Bass will play Corny, the charming Baltimore TV dance-show host, through Jan. 6, 2008, a spokesman said.
Bass will be with Hairspray during the period following the July release of the movie version of the Marc Shaiman-Scott Wittman-Thomas Meehan-Mark O'Donnell smash.
It remains to be seen if the Hollywood version will help goose box office for the Broadway original; Chicago benefited from its film version.
Bass and his 'N Sync pals (including Justin Timberlake, Joey Fatone, Chris Kirkpatrick and JC Chasez) were a music sensation in the last decade, releasing albums "'N Sync," "Home for the Holidays," "Celebrity," "No Strings Attached," "The Winter Album."
Information about the group is still at www.nsync.com. For more information about Hairspray, visit www.hairsprayonbroadway.com.
For more information about Mississippi native Lance Bass, visit www.myspace.com/basslance.
The Hairspray troupe at the Neil Simon Theatre includes Paul Vogt as Edna, Shannon Durig as Tracy, Alexa Vega as Penny, Jerry Mathers as Wilbur, Ashley Parker Angel as Link Larkin, Tevin Campbell as Seaweed, Darlene Love as Motormouth Maybelle and Naturi Naughton as Inez.
In Hairspray "it's 1962 — the '50s are out and change is in the air. 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 program, 'The Corny Collins Show' and, overnight, is transformed from outsider to irrepressible teen celebrity. But can a plus-size trendsetter in dance and fashion vanquish the program's reigning princess, win the heart of heartthrob Link Larkin, and integrate a television show without denting her 'do?"
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 will celebrate its fifth anniversary on Broadway in August. It's the winner of eight 2003 Tony Awards, including Best Musical.