Andy Toth to step in for Jay Brazeau in Arts Club's Hairspray

Actor-director Andy Toth is stepping in to play Edna Turnblad in the Arts Club Theatre’s production of Hairspray. Toth is taking over for Jay Brazeau, who suffered a minor stroke about 30 minutes into last night’s preview performance.

“Andy will be stepping into the role,” Arts Club publicist Nicole McLuckie told the Straight by phone. “They’re rehearsing as we speak and we’re really excited to have him stepping into the part. He’s a pretty amazing actor in his own right.”

The show will resume tomorrow [May 14] evening at the Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage, said McLuckie, adding that Brazeau was determined to return to the run at a later date.

“Jay’s a trouper. He’ll be back. It’s just a matter of when,” she said. “He feels like he’s let down his cast”¦. But the show must go on, and it will, and he’ll be back.”



Stella Stanger

May 14, 2011 at 3:16pm

We Wish Jay Brazeau a speedy/healthy recovery - As much as we have always enjoyed seeing you. Your health is most important [to all of us ]Please - don't rush to come back- recover fully - do all that is Good for you.
We will welcome you back - at the right time - with open arms . Wishing you Health, Stella

Brian Richardson

May 14, 2011 at 5:30pm

We are pulling for you in the `Peg, Bones. Get well.

Susan Brown

May 19, 2011 at 11:20pm

Just came home from seeing Hairspray and although Jay was missed seeing Andy in the part was a terriffic and most enjoyable experince. In short it was a great showl!!!!!