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Photo Flash: HEDWIG's Neil Patrick Harris, John Cameron Mitchell and Stephen Trask at TimesTalks

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Actor Neil Patrick Harris discussed his long-awaited return to Broadway in "Hedwig and the Angry Inch" alongside director John Cameron Mitchell and songwriter Stephen Trask at the CUNY Graduate Center on Monday evening. New York Times chief film critic A. O. Scott spoke with the star and creators about the landmark American musical that has inspired a generation. Scroll down for photos!

Broadway's Hedwig and the Angry Inch has been nominated for eight Tony Awards, including Best Revival of a Musical, Best Actor -- Neil Patrick Harris, Best Featured Actress -- Lena Hall, and Best Direction of a Musical -- Michael Mayer. The new production features a book by John Cameron Mitchell and music and lyrics by Stephen Trask. Also starring Lena Hall (Kinky Boots, lead singer of The Deafening), the show opened on 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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