She's a Big Girl Now: Carly Jibson Is Broadway's New Tracy in Hairspray Starting May 4

News   She's a Big Girl Now: Carly Jibson Is Broadway's New Tracy in Hairspray Starting May 4 Carly Jibson, wowing them on the road as Tracy Turnblad in the national tour of Hairspray, will make her Broadway bow in the role May 4, a spokesman confirmed.

Kathy Brier, the current Tracy at the Neil Simon Theatre, will exit Hairspray May 2, the same day Tony Award-winner Harvey Fierstein leaves the show.

First seen in the John Waters movie, "Hairspray," Tracy Turnblad is the portly Baltimore teen who changes the face of local TV forever when she promotes integration on a dance show. She also falls in love with the coolest guy in school and gets her mother, Edna, played by Fierstein, a fantastic makeover.

The role of Tracy was created by Marissa Jaret Winokur, who won the Tony for Best Actress in a Musical in 2003.

Michael McKean ("Laverne & Shirley," "This Is Spinal Tap") will fill Fierstein's pumps May 4, nurturing Jibson.

* Brier recently received a Daytime Emmy Award nomination for her role on ABC-TV's "One Life to Live." She'll continue on the serial and appear as a recurring character on Playhouse Disney's "Jo Jo's Circus," for which she provides the voice of Babalulu.