Scolari assumes the role while Tony Award-winner Dick Latessa takes a vacation. The former star of TV's "Bosom Buddies" tested the waters of the Wilbur role earlier this year when he jumped into a couple of performances, a spokesperson confirmed.*
In Hairspray, he'll play the novelty-goods salesman and inventor whose wife, Edna, played by Harvey Fierstein, and daughter, Tracy, played by Kathy Brier, get massive makeovers in 1960s Baltimore.
"(You're) Timeless to Me," a duet between husband and wife, has been singled out as a fresh return to the old fashioned romantic show tune a la "Just in Time" (performed in front of a show curtain, no less).