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