Photo Coverage: 'HAIRSPRAY' Closing Night Party

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On January 4th 2009, after over 2,641 performances, the curtain fell at the Neil Simon Theater on the final performance of Broadway's 2003 Tony Award® winning musical HAIRSPRAY starring original cast members Harvey Fierstein and Marissa Jaret Winokur. BroadwayWorld's cameras were there to party with the cast one last time! Look for more BWW Hairspray fun coming soon-stay tuned Hairhoppers!

In Hairspray it's 1962-the '50s are out and change is in the air. Baltimore's Tracy Turnblad, a big girl with big hair and an even bigger heart, has only one passion-to dance. She wins a spot on the local TV dance program, "The Corny Collins Show" and, overnight, is transformed from outsider to irrepressible teen celebrity. But can a plus-size trendsetter in dance and fashion vanquish the program's reigning princess, win the heart of heartthrob Link Larkin, and integrate a television show without denting her 'do? Only in Hairspray! Welcome to the '60s!

Hairspray, which celebrated its sixth anniversary on Broadway in August 2008, is the winner of eight 2003 Tony Awards, including best musical, best actor, best actress, best featured actor, best score, best book, best director, and best costume design. Hairspray also swept every one of the year's best musical awards, winning, in addition to the Tony, the New York Drama Critics Circle Award, the Drama Desk Award, the Outer Critics Circle Award, and the Drama League Award.

Photos by Walter McBride/Retna Ltd.

Photo Coverage: 'HAIRSPRAY' Closing Night Party
HAIRSPRAY Closing Night Party

Photo Coverage: 'HAIRSPRAY' Closing Night Party
Kerry Butler

Photo Coverage: 'HAIRSPRAY' Closing Night Party
Kerry Butler

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Shoshana Bean

Photo Coverage: 'HAIRSPRAY' Closing Night Party
Shoshana Bean

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Tevin Campbell

Photo Coverage: 'HAIRSPRAY' Closing Night Party
Ryan Christopher Chotto

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Dwayne Cooper

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Shannon Durig

Photo Coverage: 'HAIRSPRAY' Closing Night Party
Shannon Durig

Photo Coverage: 'HAIRSPRAY' Closing Night Party
Jenn Gambatese

Photo Coverage: 'HAIRSPRAY' Closing Night Party
Jenn Gambatese

Photo Coverage: 'HAIRSPRAY' Closing Night Party
Chester Gregory

Photo Coverage: 'HAIRSPRAY' Closing Night Party
Chester Gregory

Photo Coverage: 'HAIRSPRAY' Closing Night Party
Julie Halston and John Hill

Photo Coverage: 'HAIRSPRAY' Closing Night Party
Linda Hart

Photo Coverage: 'HAIRSPRAY' Closing Night Party
Linda Hart

Photo Coverage: 'HAIRSPRAY' Closing Night Party
Carly Jibson

Photo Coverage: 'HAIRSPRAY' Closing Night Party
Carly Jibson

Photo Coverage: 'HAIRSPRAY' Closing Night Party
Michelle Kittrell

Photo Coverage: 'HAIRSPRAY' Closing Night Party
Michelle Kittrell

Photo Coverage: 'HAIRSPRAY' Closing Night Party
Leslie Kritzer

Photo Coverage: 'HAIRSPRAY' Closing Night Party
Leslie Kritzer

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Kevin Meaney

Photo Coverage: 'HAIRSPRAY' Closing Night Party
Matthew S. Morgan

Photo Coverage: 'HAIRSPRAY' Closing Night Party
Marissa Perry

Photo Coverage: 'HAIRSPRAY' Closing Night Party
Jack Noseworthy

Photo Coverage: 'HAIRSPRAY' Closing Night Party
Jack Noseworthy

Photo Coverage: 'HAIRSPRAY' Closing Night Party
Aubrey O'Day

Photo Coverage: 'HAIRSPRAY' Closing Night Party
Aubrey O'Day

Photo Coverage: 'HAIRSPRAY' Closing Night Party
Aubrey O'Day

Photo Coverage: 'HAIRSPRAY' Closing Night Party
Aubrey O'Day

Photo Coverage: 'HAIRSPRAY' Closing Night Party
Aubrey O'Day

Photo Coverage: 'HAIRSPRAY' Closing Night Party
Aubrey O'Day

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Niki Scalera

Photo Coverage: 'HAIRSPRAY' Closing Night Party
Niki Scalera

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Kevin Spirtas

Photo Coverage: 'HAIRSPRAY' Closing Night Party
Josh Strickland

Photo Coverage: 'HAIRSPRAY' Closing Night Party
Josh Strickland

Photo Coverage: 'HAIRSPRAY' Closing Night Party
Clarke Thorell

Photo Coverage: 'HAIRSPRAY' Closing Night Party
Clarke Thorell

Photo Coverage: 'HAIRSPRAY' Closing Night Party
Aaron Tveit

Photo Coverage: 'HAIRSPRAY' Closing Night Party
Aaron Tveit

Photo Coverage: 'HAIRSPRAY' Closing Night Party
Shannon Durig and Aaron Tveit

Photo Coverage: 'HAIRSPRAY' Closing Night Party
Melissa Van Pelt

Photo Coverage: 'HAIRSPRAY' Closing Night Party
Paul Vogt

Photo Coverage: 'HAIRSPRAY' Closing Night Party
Paul Vogt and Melissa Van Pelt

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George Wendt

Photo Coverage: 'HAIRSPRAY' Closing Night Party
Thomas Meehan

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Jerry Mitchell

Photo Coverage: 'HAIRSPRAY' Closing Night Party
Jack O'Brien

Photo Coverage: 'HAIRSPRAY' Closing Night Party
Jack O'Brien and Jerry Mitchell

Photo Coverage: 'HAIRSPRAY' Closing Night Party
David Rockwell

Photo Coverage: 'HAIRSPRAY' Closing Night Party
David Rockwell and Jerry Mitchell

Photo Coverage: 'HAIRSPRAY' Closing Night Party
Jerry Mitchell, Jack O'Brien and David Rockwell

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Marc Shaiman

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Scott Wittman

Photo Coverage: 'HAIRSPRAY' Closing Night Party
Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman

Photo Coverage: 'HAIRSPRAY' Closing Night Party
Margo Lion

Photo Coverage: 'HAIRSPRAY' Closing Night Party
Margo Lion and Bernard Telsey

Photo Coverage: 'HAIRSPRAY' Closing Night Party
Margo Lion and Marissa Jaret Winokur

Photo Coverage: 'HAIRSPRAY' Closing Night Party
Marissa Jaret Winokur

Photo Coverage: 'HAIRSPRAY' Closing Night Party
Marissa Jaret Winokur and Judah Miller

Photo Coverage: 'HAIRSPRAY' Closing Night Party
Marissa Jaret Winokur

Photo Coverage: 'HAIRSPRAY' Closing Night Party
Marissa Jaret Winokur

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Walter McBride As a 14 year old youth, Walter was transfixed by his first Broadway Show, the original production of 'GREASE'. His Journey to celebrity photojournalism began that fateful night. Meeting, photographing and getting to know the cast inspired him to spend his professional life doing what he loved. Walter moved to Manhattan and for a leading role as a Photographer & Photo Researcher. Currently headlining in New Jersey with his partner Richard and family members Dali (Jack Russell) & Gala (Schnoodle). Recently he made his Broadway debut sharing the stage with Hugh Jackman in 'Hugh Jackman on Broadway' as well as receiving the Actors' Equity Association Gypsy Spirit Award. Walter McBride Photography is syndicated worldwide by Corbis/AP.