Nikki Blonsky—the Golden Globe-nominated star of the 2007 film adaptation of Hairspray, will appear in Stuffed Off-Broadway this fall. The comedy, written by and starring Lisa Lampanelli, will begin performances October 5 at the Westide Theatre’s downstairs space. Opening night is set for October 19.
Stuffed marks Blonsky’s return to the Westside Theatre after making her Off-Broadway debut in Love, Loss, and What I Wore in 2011. In addition to Hairspray, Blonsky has appeared in Smash, Geography Club, The English Teacher, Huge, Valemont, and Queen Sized, as well as the upcoming film Dog Years.
Directed by Jackson Gay, Stuffed follows a lifelong dieter, a woman with bulimia, an overweight girl comfortable with her size, and a woman who is a permanent size-zero. The play explores the four’s relationships with food through Lampanelli’s signature irreverent lens.
Gay also helmed the play’s New York premiere last year at WP Theater (formerly Women’s Project Theater).
“Being a part of Stuffed is fulfilling a lifelong dream of mine to do theater in my home city of New York. I'm so excited and the little theater-loving girl inside me is beside herself,” Blonsky said in a statement. “I would like to thank the brilliant Lisa Lampanelli for writing such a brilliantly funny and real play that strikes me to the core. I cannot wait to work with her and bring this story to everyone who comes to see it.”
“Nikki Blonsky is a dream 'Marty' and one of the very few in our industry who drives home such a positive message about body image and self-acceptance,” added Lampanelli. “She has amazing comic timing and acting chops, embodies the play's message of self-love, and I couldn't be more thrilled to have her in the cast.”