Created the role of mother Edna Turnblad in the original Toronto production of the musical Hairspray. This role was originated in the John Waters film by Devine and on the Broadway stage by Harvey Fierstein. Jay's performance was scene stealing to say the least paying homage to both Fierstein and Divine and adding his own flair...
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[on suffering an onstage 'tiny stroke'] They asked me, 'Where are you? And I said 'Baltimore' because that's where the play ['Hairspray'] takes place [And on leaving hospital after only one night] I think my mascara was scaring the nurses.