Michael Mayer Talks 'Coming Full Circle' with HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH
Broadway-bound director Michael Mayer was at last night's BIG FISH opening to celebrate with his past colleagues, and while he was there he revealed some of his history with his upcoming show- Hedwig and the Angry Inch. He told Richard Ridge: "In fact, I was the director that John Cameron Mitchell started working with a million years ago on it, but I had a show called Triumph of Love that happened at the same time so I couldn't move on with it. So there is this great feeling of coming full circle."
On his progress with the upcoming musical, he added: "Neil and I spent a week on it together this week. He has to shoot his TV show, but we had a fantastic week. It was just the two of us in the room, going through the script and talking through everything. It's a real luxury just to have real private time to work together months before we need to."
He continued about his leading man: "Neil is a triple threat, as we all know from the Tonys. His passion for Broadway and Live Theatre is incredibly infectious. He's also an unbelievably protean actor. I think that people have only seen a little bit of the full range of what he is capable of."
HEDWIG is Harris' first appearance on Broadway since he starred as The Balladeer/Lee Harvey Oswald in the 2004 Tony-winning revival of Assassins. His other Broadway credits include Proofand Cabaret. He is currently in production for the final season of the beloved CBS comedy "How I Met Your Mother" and has been honored with three Emmy Awards: two for his acclaimed hosting of the Tony Awards and another for his guest-starring role on "Glee." On Sunday, September 22 Harris will host the 2013 Primetime Emmy Awards, where he is also up for potentially his fourth Emmy as host and producer of the 2012 Tony Awards. His upcoming film projects include Fox's Gone Girl, Universal's A Million Ways to Die in the West, and Disney/Pixar's The Good Dinosaur.
HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH began off off Broadway at Westbeth and then 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 Mitchell and Stephen Trask won Obies in 2001.
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