Marissa Jaret Winokur Exits Hairspray Aug. 10; Brier Is New Tracy

News   Marissa Jaret Winokur Exits Hairspray Aug. 10; Brier Is New Tracy Tony Award-winner Marissa Jaret Winokur will leave Broadway's Hairspray Aug. 10, a spokesman confirmed.

Kathy Brier will take over for Winokur Aug. 12. The breakthrough performance as a portly Baltimore teen got Winokur noticed on both coasts and she is reportedly working on TV projects. She won the 2003 Tony for Best Actress in a Musical, besting veteran Bernadette Peters and others in the category.

Brier plays Marci Walsh on TV's "One Life to Live." Her job as the recent Tracy standby marks her Broadway debut. She appeared in Off-Broadway's Bat Boy and The Prince and the Pauper.

As with the Tony Award-nominated Corey Reynolds, who played Seaweed and left the show recently, the producers have an open-door to their family of principal actors. Winokur is expected to continue to have a relationship with Hairspray after she's through with commitments to other projects.

Tony Award-winner Harvey Fierstein also has other projects to address, but there has been no official exit date announced for the actor who plays Tracy's mother in a musical comedy drag turn that's been celebrated for more than a year now.

Performances play the Neil Simon Theatre. The national tour begins Sept. 9 in Baltimore.