Understudy Lauren Ann Brickman Steps in for Nikki Blonsky in First Performance of Stuffed

Off-Broadway News   Understudy Lauren Ann Brickman Steps in for Nikki Blonsky in First Performance of Stuffed
 
The Hairspray star will be out of the Off-Broadway show, written by and starring Lisa Lampanelli, October 5 and 6 as she recovers from illness.
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Nikki Blonsky Marc J. Franklin

As Lisa Lampanelli’s comedy Stuffed begins performances Off-Broadway October 5, understudy Lauren Ann Brickman will assume the role of Marty, filling in last-minute for Nikki Blonsky.

Lauren Ann Brickman
Lauren Ann Brickman

The Hairspray Golden Globe nominee has been sick for the final week of rehearsals, and will not perform either the first night or October 6. “We look forward to having Nikki back in the show as soon as she’s feeling better,” said a representative for the production.

The play is set to open officially at the Westside Theatre’s downstairs space October 19. The comedy, which explores perceptions of body image from four women, received its New York premiere last year at the WP Theater. Jackson Gay directs.

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In addition to Lampanelli and Blonsky, the cast includes Eden Malyn and Marsha Stephanie Blake.

Lauren Ann Brickman is an improv comedian who has performed with Upright Citizens Brigade and Queens Secret Improv. On stage, she has appeared in productions of Urinetown and 27 Wagons of Cotton.

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