HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH Could Extend Past Tony Winner Neil Patrick Harris's Run; Who Will Star?
HEDWIG director Michael Mayer revealed this evening that he expects the cult musical to extend past star Neil Patrick Harris's run. No word yet on who will be replacing Harris in the lead role. BWW will keep you updated as we know more!
So far tonight, the musical has already won three 2014 Tony Awards for Best Leading Actor in a Musical for Neil Patrick Harris, Best Featured Actress in a Musical for Lena Hall, and Best Lighting Design of a Musical for Kevin Adams.
Neil Patrick Harris' returns to Broadway in the new production of Hedwig and the Angry Inch, the musical with book by John Cameron Mitchell and music and lyrics by Stephen Trask, directed by Michael Mayer. The limited engagement, featuring Lena Hall(Kinky Boots, lead singer of The Deafening), opened Tuesday, April 22 at the Belasco Theatre (111 West 44th Street).
HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH was originally produced by David Binder off off Broadway at Westbeth and then, under the direction of Peter Askin, ran over two years at the Jane Street Theatre beginning in February 1998. The musical won the Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Off-Broadway Musical and both John Cameron MitchellandStephen Trask won Obies in 2001. It won a 1998 New York Magazine Award and Entertainment Weekly's "Soundtrack of the Year" Award. Time Magazine named HEDWIG the Top Musical of 1998.
The film of Hedwig and the Angry Inch, directed by John Cameron Mitchell, won the Audience Award and Best Director Awards at Sundance. Mitchell won the Best New Director from the National Board of Review, the Gotham Awards, and the LA Critics Society. Stage productions have played for many years in Japan and in 2008, Korea hosted a popular televised Reality Show about the search for a new star to play Hedwig.
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