HEDWIG's Kevin Adams Wins Tony for Best Lighting Design of a Musical
Kevin Adams designed the original Westbeth and Jane Street Theatre productions of Hedwig and the Angry Inch as well as the Los Angeles, Chicago, Boston, London, and Edinburgh productions. He also designed the premiers of American Idiot (Tony Award), Spring Awakening (Tony Award), Next To Normal (Tony nomination), Hands on a Hardbody, The Scottsboro Boys, Everyday Rapture, Passing Strange, Take Me Out, the American production of The 39 Steps (Tony and Drama Desk Awards), and the revivals of Hair (Tony nomination), Rent, and Carrie. He designed solo shows for Eric Bogosian, Eve Ensler, John Leguizamo, and Anna Deveare Smith. Also Rigoletto at the Metropolitan Opera and Sandra Bernhard's 1990 film Without You I'm Nothing. He has designed new work by Tony Kushner, Neil Simon, Terrance McNally, Edward Albee, and Christopher Durang and received an Obie and two Lortel awards for his work Off-Broadway.
About Hedwig and the Angry Inch:
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.