The current star of “Hairspray“, Michael Ball will leave the hit musical on the 25th July and his role of Edna Turnblad (Tracy’s mother) will be taken by Brian Conley from the 27th July 2009.
PLEASE NOTE: Michael Ball will be on holiday from the 4th May to the 11th May returning on the 12th May.
Although known mostly as a comedian and TV star, Brian Conley had major successes starring in the musicals “Jolson” at The Victoria Palace and “The Music Man” at Chichester, and although he didnt step straight into Michael Ball’s shoes in “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang” he did take the same role of Caractacus Potts when it was at The Palladium taking over from Jason Donovan in March 2005. The role of Edna is more of a comedy role so it will definately suit Brian Conley, although, like Michael Ball, he does have a good singing voice.
The American production of Hairspray won eight Tony Awards, including Best Musical, seven Drama Desk awards, five Critics’ Circle Awards and a Grammy for the original cast recording. The UK production of Hairspray opened in October 2007 and went on to win four 2008 Laurence Olivier Awards: Best Actor in a Musical, Best Actress in a Musical, Best Supporting Performance in a Musical and Best New Musical.
Hairspray is currently booking until 27th March 2010.