Danity Kane stand-out Aubrey O’Day is getting ready to make her Broadway debut in Hairspray, a show she says takes on renewed significance this election year. “I think it’s such an important musical right now, just because of Obama being nominated for president and the discussion on how the country feels about race,” O’Day tells “Then you have Hairspray live every day of the week addressing it very strongly.”

O’Day will play Amber Von Tussle starting July 18, joining another Making the Band alumnus, former O-Towner Ashley Parker Angel. But O’Day reveals that when the role was first presented to her, she wasn’t entirely jazzed about the campy production. “I always dreamed of playing Maureen in Rent, a show that really pushed the limits by dealing with AIDS and homosexuality,” she says. “So I thought, ‘What limits am I gonna push with Hairspray? But the great thing about Amber, which everybody paints as the bitch, is really she’s not; she

just doesn’t know any better and she’s scared of

change. So yeah, it’s fun and campy, but also so much more than that.”

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