My 16-year-old daughter takes over interview with HAIRSPRAY cast member

I can’t remember exactly how old I was when I first saw the original HAIRSPRAY movie released in 1988; maybe, I was 12 or 13 because it was definitely in the ’90s — at the height of the Ricki Lake Show daytime talk show era. Like most tweens, teens, and young adults of the time, I was obsessed with the Ricki Lake show and with Ricki. When I saw the musical comedy, I was immediately drawn into the world of pre-integration Baltimore and all of the shenanigans that the main character, Tracy (Lake), the Turnblad’s and the motormouth kids found themselves navigating around.

As a musical theatre kid, I became smitten with the dancing and acting in the film. I could not have imagined that one day, the movie I loved so much would turn into another hit movie and Tony Award-winning Broadway musical adaptation. Fast forward to today, and I am happy that my love of all things HAIRSPRAY is shared with my 16-year-old daughter, Ryann; a musical theater major at Pittsburgh CAPA. Ryann has a conversation with Joi D. McCoy, a young performer who plays Little Inez in the national tour of Hairspray.

It was a delight to speak with Joi! She is on the move, and I can’t wait to see more of this talented young performer. She is part of a new generation of theater performers, making waves and moves using social media as an educational resource.

JOI D. McCOY (Little Inez) is a recent graduate of UCLA’s Musical Theatre program. She grew up in Fort Lauderdale, FL, training in ballet, jazz, modern as well as vocal studies. Regional: Bring It On: The Musical (Eva), Spamalot (Patsy), Once on This Island (Little Ti Moune), Mamma Mia! (Ali). Joi is excited to travel the country in her dream role with her dream cast.

HAIRSPRAY is part of the 2022-2023 PNC Broadway in Pittsburgh series, presented by the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust. January 3-8, 2023 For tickets and information, visit

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