Jackie Hoffman Concludes Two-Years-Plus Stay With Broadway's Hairspray

News   Jackie Hoffman Concludes Two-Years-Plus Stay With Broadway's Hairspray
Jackie Hoffman, who has played a handful of comic characters in Broadway's Hairspray since the show opened on Broadway in summer 2002, gave her last performance on Oct. 14, a spokesman confirmed.
Jackie Hoffman
Jackie Hoffman

Hoffman nightly cracked up audiences with brief characterizations of the repressed Mrs. Pingleton, a butch gym teacher, a taunting prison matron and "A Denizen of Baltimore." As Pingleton, she became famous for climbing out of the first row of the orchestra and ad-libbing a different joke every night before scrambling on stage.

Hoffman, a veteran of Amy and David Sedaris' satiric Off-Broadway shows, stayed with the show so long she developed a cabaret act about her experience, called The Kvetching Continues. The work has played several sold-out stints at Joe's Pub. In her routine, the caustic comedic actress skewers her Broadway debut and also offers a handful of original songs, including "Three Minutes on Broadway"; a reworking of Stephen Sondheim's "I'm Still Here," sung from the perspective of a spoiled child actress; a tribute to the Jewish holiday "Shavuot"; "Eurotrash," based on her recent let-down-of-a-trip to Italy; and "Gay Baby," a lament about the unavailability of her gay friends (and former playmates) who are now having children.

Since her departure, Liz Larsen has taken on Hoffman's parts. Julie Halston has been approached to assume the assignments.

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