(June 21, 2012 to August 26, 2012) He and Thomas Meehan wrote the book for the musical, "Hairspray," at the New Theatre Restaurant in Overland Park, Kansas with LenaMary Amato (Tracy Turnblad); Inda Ballard (Motormouth Maybelle); Cathy Barnett (Velma Von Tussle); Sydney Benton (Shelly); Martin Buchanan (Mr. Spitzer, Mr. Pinky);...
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The structure I had in mind was: Girl does Mash Potato, girl charms Baltimore, girl integrates nation. My script was like a great Mad magazine article. (in a 2002 AP interview, describing the plot of "Hairspray")
Won Broadway's 2003 Tony Award as Best Book (Musical) with collaborator Thomas Meehan