Dick Latessa Dies; Tony Winning ‘Hairspray’ Star Was 87

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Dick Latessa, the veteran song-and-dance man who stole hearts as Wilbur Turnblad in the original Broadway production of Hairspray, has died. His death at 87 was announced by the Broadway League’s Tony Awards web site. “He owned the part. He was the real thing — a generous, big-hearted artist whose talent and professionalism were a model for making a full life in the theater. — ‘Hairspray’ producer Margo Lion Audiences will fondly remember Latessa’s Wilbur cutting a rug…