Cheers’ Norm to Star in Hairspray

NORM! George Wendt, the character actor who slugged beers and recited countless “Normisms” on the TV show “Cheers,” will trade his sportscoat for Edna Turnblad’s housecoat in Broadway’s Tony Award-winning Hairspray, starting Oct. 23, according to Playbill. “I’ll drink to that!”

Wendt is a six-time Emmy Award nominee for playing grumpy but popular Norm Peterson on “Cheers.” He recently played Juror #1 in the national tour of Twelve Angry Men. The Chicago Second City veteran has appeared onstage in Art (on Broadway and in London) and in A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum. He was also seen in the ABC television musical “Bye Bye Birdie.”

Cheers’ Norm to Star in Hairspray