Look out, Baltimore, Mamma's here: Harvey Fierstein is back in the house(dress) at Hairspray. The original stage Edna Turnblad (who won a Tony Award for his legendary performance) returns tonight for the final eight weeks of the show's Broadway run (final performance: January 4).
In more Hairspray news, John Travolta (who was infamously cast in the movie version over Fierstein) has reportedly nixed the idea of returning for the announced sequel (and remember, this is the guy who starred in Staying Alive and Look Who’s Talking Now). Perhaps Adam Shankman and company will finally get around to doing right by Harvey and sign him up pronto.
And more from the From Screen to Stage beat: Xanadu makes its West Coast debut (starring Cry-Baby's Elizabeth Stanley and Les Misérables' Max von Essen) prior to hitting the road on its first national tour, while Matthew Bourne's ballet version of Edward Scissorhands takes a tour of England and Sister Act: The Musical eyes a West End run.