Todrick Hall Wants a Hairspray Revival & So Do We! Here's Our Dreamcast for the Nicest Kids In Town
November 13th, 2017
by Josh Ferri
Broadway, Straight Outta Oz and Drag Race star Todrick Hall recently tweeted that he is ready for a Hairspray revival and he's throwing his name in for Seaweed.
Can Hairspray please come back to Broadway already, and can I play Seaweed. It's been 10 years, we can't wait much longer!— Todrick Hall (@todrick) November 13, 2017
BBox immediately cosigned both statements from the Kinky Boots and Memphis alum, then we went a step further and imagined what a dream revival of the Tony-winning Best Musical would look like in 2018.
Tracy Turnblad: Katie Ladner
The Heathers standout has a joy onstage that makes her super captivating, and it's that undeniable star quality that a great Tracy needs to shine and carry this huge musical.
Edna Turnblad: Eric Stonestreet
This is tough but the Modern Family Emmy winner is the only name who could fill Harvey Fierstein's big, blonde, and beautiful shoes and even bring something new.
Penny Pingleton: Alex Finke
The Come From Away and Les Miserables star showed us all how funny she could be in Sweeney Todd, bringing Johanna to the next level. We can only imagine how hilarious and endearing she would be as Tracy's permanently punished BFF.
Motormouth Maybelle: Jenifer Lewis
Ms. Lewis is a queen, a TV star, and a friend of the writers who has played the role before (Motormouth was written for her!). Let's get this Black-ish star back on Broadway and in a role worthy of her immense talents. Also, her and Todrick together would be pretty epic.
Little Inez: Taylor Caldwell
The real deal vocalist from School of Rock, Runaways and Really Rosie is the only voice we want to hear slaying that "Run and Tell That" moment.
Link Larkin: Nick Jonas
This Broadway alum played it at the Hollywood Bowl, but that doesn't help NYC audiences who want to see him swivel his hips as the crooning heartthrob.
Amber Von Tussle: Lauren Zakrin
The upcoming Cruel Intentions star has the bite and the belt to play Baltimore's biggest badass.
Velma Von Tussle: Grace McLean
It's a little Great Comet reunion of Zakrin and McLean. Also, who growls and belts and commands an audience like McLean?!
Wilbur Turnblad: Chip Zien
The beloved Broadway performer back on stage in NYC and in a Tony-winning role.
Corny Collins: Tyler Hanes
A nod to the original run, we'd like to see this current Cats star and former Fender play the popular Baltimore TV host.
Prudy Pingleton, Gym Teacher, & Others: Jennifer Simard
Obvi. Simard makes a four course meal out of scraps in Hello, Dolly! and her Tony-nominated turn in Disaster! can still bring a smile to faces of audience members who saw her.
The Dynamites: Jai'Len Christine Li Josey, Nasia Thomas, & Patrice Covington
Let's recruit some of the fiercest singers in NYC for this standout trio.