'Hairspray' Loses Its Hold After More Than Six Years On Broadway

'We've had a great run, and we can't ask for much more,' a rep for the musical says.

It turns out you can stop the beat.

First "Rent," then "Legally Blonde" and now "Hairspray." The show is closing its curtains on Broadway, with a final performance January 18.

The producers say the closing has nothing to do with last year's strike, which put so many long-running shows in jeopardy. Instead, a rep for the production noted, "The show is six and a half years old, and the producers have decided it's the right time. We've had a great run, and we can't ask for much more."

To go out on a high note, Harvey Fierstein is returning to his original role of Edna Turnblad — a role John Travolta played in the last film version — starting November 11.

Throughout the show's run, several celebs have guest-starred, from Lance Bass as Corny Collins, Haylie Duff and Danity Kane's Aubrey O'Day as Amber, Ashley Parker Angel as Link, Michael McKean and George Wendt as Edna, Diana DeGarmo and Alexa Vega as Penny, and Darlene Love as Motormouth Maybelle.

The show won eight Tony awards, including Best Musical and inspired the 2007 movie, which was based more on the Broadway production than the original 1988 John Waters film.