After missing four performances, Marissa Jaret Winokur will return to Hairspray Sept. 24. Her understudy, Katy Grenfell (The Life, Grease!), filled in for the ailing Winokur. This is Winokur's first absense from the Broadway run of the mega-hit musical comedy. Hairspray, based on the John Waters' film, is set in 1962 Baltimore, where the girl with the biggest hair and the best moves can obtain fame on the city's number one dance revue, "The Corny Collins Show." When lovable, chubby Tracy Turnblad (Winokur) defeats the show's reigning queen, Amber Von Tussle, the girl's evil, bigoted mother, a former beauty queen, wants revenge. Turnblad's own parents, however, are there to make sure Tracy stays on top. In the course of her rise, Tracy falls for, wins and then loses the handsomest boy on "Corny Collins. She even winds up in jail where she learns love and integration are worth the fight.
Hairspray began previews July 18 at the newly renovated Neil Simon Theatre and opened Aug. 15. The Hairspray original cast album is available from Sony Classical.
To order tickets ($65-$100), call (212) 307-4100 or visit http://www.ticketmaster.com. The Neil Simon Theatre box office is located at 250 W. 52nd Street. Hairspray is on the web at http://www.hairsprayonbroadway.com.