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Marissa Jaret Winokur

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  • 'Hairspray' snags eight Tony Awards

    Hairspray put the final rhinestones in its tiara last night when it swept the 57th annual Tony Awards with eight of the little silver trophies, including the top prize, for Best Musical. A radiant Margo Lion, the show's Baltimore-born producer,...
  • Actress takes heavy duty in stride

    A lot of overweight teens dream of losing weight and becoming stars. Nineteen-year-old Carly Jibson is rapidly achieving stardom - with the added bonus of being encouraged to keep her pleasingly round shape. Jibson heads the cast of the national...
  • 'Hairspray' may need one big fat trophy case

    NEW YORK - Hairspray was chosen best musical of the New York theater season and Take Me Out by Richard Greenberg was named best play in awards given Sunday by the Drama Desk, an organization of theater journalists and critics. Hairspray, based on the...
  • Culture shock

    SEATTLE -- You might think John Waters has seen it all. But the Prince of Puke, the Pope of Trash -- or as he prefers to think of himself these days, "Filth Elder" -- remains amazed by the world around him. It's downright amazing how often the word...
  • The look of loud

    Second in an occasional series NEW YORK -- No doubt John Waters meant it fondly when he quipped: "Come to Baltimore and be shocked." Now his vision of 1960s Baltimore is headed to Broadway, where, with the help of a team of designers, the musical...
  • 'Hairspray' gets ready for Broadway

    NEW YORK - If Margo Lion hadn't come down with a head cold three years ago, none of this would have happened. She was in bed, nursing the sniffles and watching videos, when it hit her: Hairspray, the 1988 movie by counterculture filmmaker John Waters,...
  • Baltimore style hits Broadway in 'Hairspray'

    NEW YORK - Hairspray should be - and probably will be - a hit, but not because of the accuracy with which it re-creates 1962 Baltimore. It will be a hit because it doesn't re-create it. That's not to say that theatergoers from Bawlamer won't recognize...
  • 'Hairspray' premiere tousles Broadway audience

    NEW YORK - Welcome to Broadway, Hon. Baltimore came to the Big Apple in a big way last night with the premiere of Hairspray, John Waters' affectionate, $10.5 million tribute to his hometown. Although other shows set in Charm City have played here (Kiss...
  • For Fierstein, the mother of all roles

    Fourth in a series of occasional articles SEATTLE - Harvey Fierstein is shaving his eyebrows. This is a first for him. Oh sure, he's worn lipstick and eyeliner, dresses and falsies, high heels and pantyhose. But before he began playing Edna Turnblad,...
  • Role brings actress to a new stage

    Marissa Jaret Winokur's kindergarten and pre-school report cards hang on her dressing room wall. The teachers' comments describe her as a dominant leader and refer to her "distinct and husky" voice - and the need to control and soften that voice. "Very...
  • Hey, Hon! It's John Waters

    BILLIE HOLIDAY called Baltimore a tough town. Frank Zappa moved away at the age of 10 and never came back. Edgar Allan Poe died here. John Wilkes Booth is buried here. But John Waters? John Waters, the one-time Pope of Trash, thrives on the place, and...
  • 'Hairspray' yields many happy returns

    "Hairspray" will go down in theater history as the quintessential Broadway success story. The production, based on Baltimorean John Waters' 1988 cult movie, focuses on a tubby teenager who wins her way onto a local TV show in 1962 and integrates the...