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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[when Vancouver became home-base for major American TV series] Actors were working all over the place. And if you were a black actor it was amazing. It was almost reverse prejudice. 'We need three more black guys!'. To be a young black guy, this was the place. You'd see people arriving every day from Seattle.