"Miracles like Hairspray don't happen every day, as we all know. Shows like this just don't come along. And it's been our privilege, those of us on the stage and many more, to participate and gain from this wonderful, wonderful show. But the best part is, no matter what mood we were in coming in the theatre, every one of us knew that we would turn the audience into a swinging bunch. [applause] ... and open up people's hearts and just make them better people for having seen it. And so, I would like to thank everyone on this stage for allowing me to be part of their lives but most of all, for what they created here."
From Harvey Fierstein's speech this afternoon at the final performance of Hairspray on Broadway. He was joined on stage by the creative team and some of those who played roles in the Tony-winning musical during its 6-1/2-year-run at the Neil Simon Theatre.