Marissa Jaret Winokur has signed on to host a new show on TV’s Oxygen network called Dance Your Ass Off. The Hairspray star, who will reprise her Tony Award-winning performance as Tracy Turnblad starting December 9, will oversee contestants who compete to lose the most weight by sweating it out on a dance floor.
Production for the show starts in L.A. after January 4, when Hairspray closes its run at Neil Simon Theatre, where it has played for over six years. According to Oxygen, Dance Your Ass Off will be the first reality dance competition to reward participants based on weight-loss, rather than just dance skills. The show is currently seeking ten men and women ages 21 and up to compete in the upcoming series.
Earlier this year, Winokur appeared on season six of Dancing with the Stars, coming in fourth place overall. In the summer, she and her husband, Judah Miller, welcomed their first son, Zev Isaac Miller.Dance Your Ass Off is expected to premiere in June.
“Nobody cares if you can’t dance well. Just get up and dance.”
- Dave Barry