Mathers' Hairspray Stint Will End Sept. 16

News   Mathers' Hairspray Stint Will End Sept. 16 "Leave It to Beaver" fans, take note. Jerry Mathers, TV's onetime Beaver Cleaver, will exit Broadway's Hairspray Sept. 16.
Jerry Mathers
Jerry Mathers

Sitcom star Mathers made his Broadway debut as Wilbur Turnblad on June 5 (the show's 2,000th performance), helping boost box office at the Neil Simon Theatre. He was contracted for three months.

Mathers, 59, stars opposite Paul C. Vogt as Wilbur's portly wife, Edna Turnblad. In the Tony Award-winning musical they sing the charming duet, "Timeless to Me."

"For an actor, Broadway is the pinnacle!" Mathers told Playbill.com Stage to Screens columnist Michael Buckley. "My agent called and asked, 'How would you like to do a Broadway show?' For me, just to be able to tell people I auditioned would be a treat. I flew in [from L.A.], did it, and the next thing you know, here I am."

To view the entire Playbill.com interview with Mathers, click here.

The Hairspray cast features Shannon Durig as Tracy Turnblad, Ashley Parker Angel as Link Larkin, Tevin Campbell as Seaweed, Lance Bass as Corny, Darlene Love as Motormouth Maybelle, Naturi Naughton as Inez, Michele Pawk as Velma, Niki Scalera as Penny Pingleton and Ashley Spencer as Amber.

Jack O'Brien directed the musical. Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman provide the score. The book by Mark O'Donnell and Thomas Meehan.