Ex-Harlette Linda Hart To Leave “Hairspray” in July

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“Miss Baltimore Crabs” Says Goodbye to Hairspray in July
By Andrew Gans
June 19, 2003

Linda Hart will leave the Tony-winning musical Hairspray next month. A spokesperson for Hart confirmed that the actress-singer will leave her role as Velma Von Tussle in the hit musical Hairspray July 13. She will vacation in Istanbul, Sardinia and Paris with her husband before she begins her next project.

Linda Hart received a Theatre World Award for her Broadway debut in Lincoln Center’s Tony-winning revival of Anything Goes. Her other theatrical credits include Sid Caesar on Broadway, Surviving Grace, Livin’ Dolls, Light Up the Sky and Paper Moon. She appeared with Bette Midler in both Divine Madness and Detour, and her screen credits include “The Insider,” “Tin Cup,” “A Perfect World,” “Beautiful,” “Get Shorty,” “Stella,” Showtime,” “The First $20 Million,” “Gypsy,” “Queen,” “Texas Justice” and “Touched By An Angel.”

Hart has also recorded 12 gospel albums with her Grammy Award-winning family, The Harts, and can also be heard on the cast recordings of Hairspray, Anything Goes as well as the soundtrack to CBS-TV’s “Gypsy.”

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