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Lucas, Gervais or Hoskins for Hairspray???

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Today’s Daily Mail also reports that Bob Hoskins, Ricky Gervais and Little Britain’s Matt Lucas (whose previous musical credits include Taboo) are the key names being bandied about to play Edna Turnblad in the Broadway transfer of Hairspray, which is expected to open at the West End’s Shaftestbury Theatre this autumn (See News, 27 Mar 2007). Set in 1960s Baltimore, Hairspray tells the story of geeky teen Tracy Turnblad, a big girl with big hair, a big heart and a big stage mother who finds celebrity on a TV dance programme. Harvey Fierstein originated the role of Edna on Broadway and, in this year’s upcoming film of the musical, which is itself based on John Waters' retro 1988 film, John Travolta will drag up for the role.

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