Tracy Miller to Be Hairspray’s Next Penny
by Cara Joy David, Broadway.com
Broadway.com has learned that Tracy Miller will be Hairspray’s next Penny Pingleton. She is set to begin performances in the featured role on October 19.
Miller is currently appearing as one of the flying vampires in Dracula. Her other theatrical credits include a Los Angeles mounting of Gigi and the premiere of Camille Claudel at Goodspeed. Miller has also performed on tour with Julio Iglesias.
Hairspray currently stars Michael McKean as Edna Turnblad, Carly Jibson as Tracy Turnblad, Peter Scolari as Wilbur Turnblad, Richard H. Blake as Link Larkin, Chester Gregory II as Seaweed J. Stubbs, Tracy Jai Edwards as Amber Von Tussle, Jennifer Gambatese (who is leaving Hairspray to star in All Shook Up) as Penny Pingleton, Mary Bond Davis as Motormouth Maybelle and Barbara Walsh as Velma Von Tussle. McKean, Scolari, Edwards and Gambatese are all scheduled to play their final performance on October 3. Starting on October 5, Hairspray will feature Bruce Vilanch as Edna Turnblad, Todd Susman as Wilbur Turnblad and Jordan Ballard as Amber Von Tussle. Understudies will go on in the role of Penny from October 5 through October 17.