Michael McKean to Be New Edna in Hairspray Beginning May 4

News   Michael McKean to Be New Edna in Hairspray Beginning May 4 Michael McKean ("A Mighty Wind," "Laverne & Shirley") is the next Edna in Broadway's Hairspray, a show spokesman confirmed. He will begin performances May 4, two days after the departure of original star Harvey Fierstein.
Michael McKean
Michael McKean

Fierstein, who snagged a Tony Award for his work in the musical comedy, exits the show May 2.

Fierstein created what most observers term a classic theatre performance in Edna, the oversized shrinking violet who is transformed by her dancing daughter Tracy into an oversized blooming rose. So good was he in the part, that many wondered who could possibly fill his shoes. That guessing game was put off again and again as Fierstein repeatedly extended his stay in the musical.

With Fierstein's departure, few original stars remain in the show. Most recently, Clarke Thorell and Matthew Morrison exited the show (as Corny and Link, respectively) Jan. 11.

Bruce Vilanch essays the role of Edna in the Hairspray tour.