Andrew is thrilled to be part of the cast of Hairspray. He has performed as drag queen Nina West since 2001 and competed on Season 11 of RuPaul’s Drag Race, for which he was named Miss Congeniality. On stage, he starred in the regional premieres of Buyer and Cellar (Alex More) and Peter and the Starcatcher (Betty Bumbrake) with CATCO Theatre Columbus. In 2019, Andrew appeared in The Little Mermaid (Ursula) with the Butterfly Guild of Nationwide Children’s Hospital. Other TV credits: RuPaul’s Celebrity Drag Race, Dragging the Classics: The Brady Bunch (Alice, Paramount+), This Is Me’ Pride Celebration Spectacular (Disney+), “The Blue’s Clues Pride Parade Singalong” and “The Meaning of Pride” (Nickelodeon). He provided the voice for the animated short Coaster. Andrew has released music EP’s “Drag Is Magic,” “The West Christmas Ever,” and “John Goodman” as Nina West; all have charted on Billboard’s Top 10 for Children’s Music and Comedy. Throughout his drag career, he has raised over $4 million dollars and started his own foundation, The Nina West Foundation, primarily serving LGBTQIA+ organizations and causes. Thanks to Mom, Dad, PT. Andrew would like to dedicate this performance to the memory of Kathy Ringley.
Niki is thrilled to be taking on a role she’s dreamed of playing since she first saw the original Broadway production! As a New York based actress from Saugerties, NY, and graduate of Montclair State University with a degree in Musical Theatre, some of her favorite credits include The Little Engine that Could Earns Her Whistle (Little Red, ArtsPower National Tour) and …Spelling Bee (Olive). Beyond grateful to my friends and family for their constant support, and to the team for this incredible opportunity to “eat some breakfast then change the world!” nikimetcalf.com
Toneisha grew up in a small town in Maryland, with her start as a performer and vocalist deeply rooted in gospel music. “Call Jesus,” her 2007 duet with Bishop Bruce Parham, reached the Top 3 on the national Billboard Gospel 100; in 2011, she was a Top 20 contestant on BET’s “Sunday Best” gospel singing competition, and she has sung background vocals for gospel artist Maranda Curtis. Toneisha was the Season 18 runner-up on NBC’s The Voice (the highest-placing African American woman in the show’s history), and performed an original song, “My Superhero,” written for her youngest son during his battle with leukemia, which reached #8 on iTunes. She then released “Forgive Me” and “Let’s Change the World,” in addition to singing background vocals for Nick Jonas’ 2021 SNL appearance. Her acting credits include Avenue X (Julia), The Gospel at Colonus (Antigone), and Little Shop of Horrors (Audrey II). Toneisha resides in Atlanta with her husband and two sons. As a survivor of abuse, she strives to be a positive role model to other survivors, and she looks forward to using her expanding platform to offer messages of unity and positivity at a time of social turbulence and strife.
National tour debut! International: Universal Studios Japan. Regional: The Hunchback of Notre Dame (Quasimodo), The Last Five Years (Jamie), Jekyll & Hyde (Jekyll/Hyde), The Light in the Piazza (Fabrizio), Cabaret (Emcee), The Rocky Horror Show (Dr. Frank-N-Furter). Love and thanks to Mom, CF, Big Mouth Talent, and the Hairspray family. @dawsonbilly
Will is from New Rochelle, NY and so grateful to be making his professional theatre debut in Hairspray! Will has spent the past three years as part of the BFA Acting program at Baldwin Wallace University. Before getting this job, he worked as a cook and bartender in Ohio. There are many people whose help he would not be here without, including Mom, Dad, Mara, Jim Keith, the amazing faculty at Baldwin Wallace, and the best friends a guy could ask for.
Emery waited in line for nine hours to audition for this show. Then, there was a global pandemic. She grew up in Western Massachusetts with her mom Gail, her dad Michael, and her siblings, Elliot and Nina.
BRANDON G. STALLING
Seaweed J. Stubbs
Brandon hails from Chicago, IL. A proud alum of Oklahoma City University’s Acting Program, he is stoked to make his national tour debut! Credits: AIDA Cruises (Male Vocalist), The Little Mermaid (Sebastian, Pollard Theatre Company) All We Have Is Now (Danny, Downing/Wittmann Feature Film). Much love to the Spirit Family!
Amber Von Tussle
National tour debut! Originally from O’Fallon, Il. BFA Musical Theatre, The University of Mississippi. Select credits: Chicago (Roxie Hart), The Wedding Singer (Linda), Now Recording (Brandy/Show Captain, Hershey Park). Endless thanks to Stewart/Whitley and the entire Hairspray team. For Mom, Dad, Mike, Matthew, Brianna, Ian, Crissy, Jason, my NYC family, and my angel, Nana. Love and light to you all. @kaealbrittonnn
Velma Von Tussle
A southern gal from Alabama, Addison is ecstatic to be joining the national tour of Hairspray. A musical theater graduate from the University of Mobile, favorite credits include Damn Yankees (Lola), Crazy for You (Irene), Singin’ in the Rain (Lina) and Velma Von Tussle in RCCL’s Hairspray (Velma Von Tussle). Forever grateful for her family, friends and ATB Talent for their endless encouragement, support, and love. Philippians 4:13.
Kaléa is thrilled to be making her national tour debut! This Jacksonville, FL native began performing professionally after winning Miss River City (2017) and Miss Jacksonville (2018) in the Miss America Organization. Credits: Once on This Island (Ti Moune), Ain’t Misbehavin’ (Charlene), Grease (Marty), Footloose (Urleen), Mamma Mia! (Lisa). Two bachelors from Florida State University and a masters from George Washington University. Love to her family, friends, fur baby Luna! www.kalealeverette.com, @kalealeverette
Christopher is a New England native, US Army veteran, and graduate of Boston Conservatory. National Tour: A Christmas Story: The Musical, My Fair Lady, Guys and Dolls, Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella. Regional: Footloose (The Rev Theatre Co), Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (Theatre by the Sea), 1776 (Ocean State Theatre Co), Angels in America (Ark Rep), Stones in His Pockets (American Stage), Rabbit Hole (Florida Rep); Little Shop of Horrors, Carousel, Our Country’s Good (Playhouse on the Square, Best Actor awards); The Turn of the Screw, Clybourne Park, This Wonderful Life (The Hipp Theatre). Love to Laura!
CAROLINE DAYE ATTAYEK
Swing, Dance Captain
National tour debut! Regional: A Chorus Line (Signature Theatre), Footloose (The REV), The Pajama Game, Catch Me If You Can, Grease (New London Barn Playhouse), West Side Story (Virginia Rep). Proud Elon BFA Music Theatre Alum. Many thanks to NETworks, my family, MT19, and Pete! IG: @caro_daye
Kelly is a proud native of New Orleans and a graduate of UATD. National Tour: Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella (Swing). Kelly would like to thank her family for their support and dedicate her performance to her beloved grandmother.
Helene is making her national tour debut but has been working in entertainment all her life. Credits: Hairspray Live! (Shelley, NBC), “Ain’t Your Mama” (Jennifer Lopez music video). She has been signed to two major record labels and her song is featured in a Ford Fusion national commercial. Her released songs are on all streaming platforms. She is grateful for her family and friends for their love and support, ecstatic for Hairspray coming back into her life, and thankful for all those involved. @officialhelene
Jamonté is a University of Central Florida graduate with a BFA in Musical Theatre. He has appeared in Smokey Joe’s Café (Victor), Hot Mikado (Katisha), and Sister Act (TJ). @jamontebruten
A native of Asheboro, NC, Tanner is thrilled to be making his national tour debut! Credits: Grease (Danny, MSMT/The Public), Hairspray (Link, Laguna Playhouse), West Side Story (Tony, New Bedford Festival Theatre). Training: BFA Acting, Elon University.
National tour debut! Alumni of the University of Northern Colorado. Select regional/collegiate: Xanadu (Kira), Chicago (Roxie), First Date (Casey). She’d like to thank her amazing dad, stepmom, sisters, and her team at Ann Steele Agency. Instagram: @ryahn
MICHEAL COREY HASSEL
Michael is excited to be making his national tour debut! Micheal would like to dedicate his performance to his mother. BFA Musical Theatre, Ball State University. HCKR Agency. Black Lives Matter. Philippians 4:13. IG: _michealcorey_
National tour debut! Credits: Oklahoma! (Curly), Into the Woods (The Baker), Bright Star (Jimmy Ray), Steel Pier (Bill), A Little Night Music (Carl-Magnus), The Little Mermaid (Scuttle). Thanks to Josh Sassanella and my wife, Karen! @kalebjacejenkins
Harriman F. Spritzer, Mr. Pinky, Principal, Guard
Credits: A Chorus Line (Mike), Newsies the Musical (Specs), West Side Story (A-rab), Mamma Mia! (Eddie). Originally from Houston, TX, he graduated from Montclair State University with a BFA in Musical Theatre. Gabriel would like to thank his family, Dana, and Jack for all their love and support.
CAIRA ASANTÉ LAKOTA
(she/her) Caira is so happy to be a part of this show! National Tour: Rent 20th Anniversary Tour. Before that, she traveled the world singing onboard Celebrity Cruise Line ships. Love to Stephen, friends, and family! Thanks to The Roster Agency, Stewart/Whitley, and the entire Hairspray team! XOXO. @cairaasantelakota
STEVIE LeWARNE, JR
National tour debut! Originally from Iowa, Stevie graduated with a BM from NYU Steinhardt. Select credits: Mamma Mia! (Sky), Legally Blonde (Warner), Gypsy (Tulsa). Infinite love to my family, friends, and the Hairspray team. Beyond grateful. @stevielewarne
National tour debut! So thrilled to tell this story and be a part of a team that believes representation matters! Special thanks to MSA Agency, Stewart/Whitley, my friends, family, and Mitch! @brendanamorris
National tour debut! Select credits: A Chorus Line (Maggie) at The Wick, Freaky Friday (Gretchen), Grease (Jan), and Newsies (Buttons) at MTWichita. Recent FSU Music Theatre graduate. Sending thanks and love to the whole Hairspray team and to her family and friends. IG: @faithnorthcutt, faithnorthcutt.com
ADAM BLAKE RAQUE
Adam is excited to be making his national tour debut! Favorite credits: Mamma Mia! (Eddie), Legally Blonde, High School Musical (Ryan Evans), Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (Gideon), Mary Poppins (Neleus), Frozen the Musical (Kristoff, Olaf u/s—Disney Cruise Line). TV/Film: Hannah Montana, CSI, Cougar Town, Greek, Bigfoot. Love and endless thanks to the creative team, agent Chad Broskey, Stewart/Whitley, and NETworks. This one’s for you, Mom. @adamraque
Reneé feels blessed to be a part of the national tour of Hairspray! Credits: Dreamgirls (Lorrel, International Tour), The Bubbly Black Girl… (Viveca), Mamma Mia! (Tanya). Thank you God and my supportive family! @renee.reid
Sydney is honored to be back on the road! National Tour: The Spongebob Musical (Ensemble, u/s Sandy), Sleeping in Her Bed (National Pandemic). TV Commercial: “Mike & Ike Mega Mix!” Music Video: “Not One to Guess” by Joey Ferber. Thanks to the cast, creatives, and every audience member for safely enjoying this production! Instagram: @sydney.simone76
Gabriyel is an Ohio native living in New York City. She is thrilled to be performing in her first national tour! Gabriyel is a Bowling Green State University graduate. Credits: Ragtime (Sarah), Rock of Ages (Justice/Mom), Little Shop of Horrors (Ronette). She is also a professional brunch-er and an enthusiastic people watcher.
GEORGE VICKERS V
Swing, Dance Captain
George is PUMPED to take Hairspray, his all-time favorite musical, on the road! National Tour: A Bronx Tale (Tyrone). Regional: Shrek The Musical (Donkey, New London Barn Playhouse), The Little Mermaid (Sebastian, Wagon Wheel), Footloose (The REV). International: Holland America Cruise Lines, Universal Studios Japan. Shout out to friends, family, Hell’s Kitchen Agency, and the ozone layer! @gvickers5
Cindy Watkins, Dynamite
Mea is an American triple threat. Born in Brooklyn and raised in Raleigh, her single-parent mom Dedrea supported her desire in the arts with dance classes, rehearsals, and auditions. Theater: Mirandy and Brother Wind (Best Female Actress). TV/Film: Brainchild (Netflix, producer Pharrell Williams), The Wrong Highschool Sweetheart (Lifetime, starring Vivica A. Fox), Keeping up with the Joneses, The Wrong Cheerleading Coach. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for coming out and supporting Hairspray!
Prudy Pingleton, Gym Teacher, Matron
National Tour/Off-Broadway: Finding Neverland, The Wizard of Oz, Guys and Dolls, Passion, Blood Brothers (CCC Best Actress Award), and five seasons with symphony orchestras across four continents. Thanks to the creative team and to Stewart Whitley Casting! Love to Mamaman, Papa, and all my family and friends! @emmanuellezeesman