Friday, March 10, 2006

We knew he had gained weight ...

... but now New Line Cinema has announced that John Travolta is going to play Edna Turnblad in the new movie version of "Hairspray."

The role was originated in the movie by the (late) transvestite actor Divine and reprised on the stage by that raspy-voiced scene stealer Harvey Fierstein, who won a Tony.

"Hairspray," of course started as a movie, became a hit Broadway musical in 2002, and now will be a movie again. While still going strong on in NYC and on the road (including a popular stop here in Tampa), it's also moving a production to Vegas to play in the casino theater recently vacated by "Avenue Q."

No word yet on whether Harvey is going to remake "Welcome Back, Kotter" in retaliation.

-Michael K.

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