Stephen Trask Talks HEDWIG Sequel, New Project, and More!
According to PopMatters.com, HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH co-creator Stephen Trask is co-writing a new 1970s New York clubs-based project called 15 MINUTES. "It's a really exciting and creative and interesting project that starts off set in Studio 54 but ends up downtown at the Mudd Club," says Trask. He also says that a film version of a Hedwig sequel is not an option, because the rights holders (New Line) will not let them. but they are still figuring out how they can work in a sequel.
HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH opened on Broadway on Tuesday, April 22, at the Belasco Theatre (111 West 44th Street), starring Neil Patrick Harris. HEDWIG took home four honors at the 2014 Tony Awards, including one for Harris for Best Lead Actor in a Musical.
The musical with book by John Cameron Mitchell and music and lyrics by Stephen Trask, directed by Michael Mayerhas received rave reviews and is the winner of four Tony Awards including Best Musical Revival. In addition to the Tony, the production has been honored with Best Musical Revival by the Drama Desk, Drama League, and Outer Critics Circle Awards.
"Internationally ignored song stylist" Hedwig Robinson brings her fourth-wall-smashing rock and roll saga to New York to set the record straight about her life, her loves, and the botched operation that left her with that "angry inch."
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 Mitchell andStephen 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.
HEDWIG currently stars former BOOK OF MORMON star Andrew Rannells.
The creative team for Hedwig and the Angry Inch features Emmy Award nominee Spencer Liff (musical staging), Tony Award nominee and Drama Desk Award winner Julian Crouch (scenic design), Tony Award and two-time Oscar nominee Arianne Phillips (costume design), four-time Tony Award winner Kevin Adams (lighting design), Mike Potter(hair and makeup design), Tony Award nominee and platinum-selling record producer Tim O'Heir (sound design),Benjamin Pearcy for 59 Productions (projection design), John Bair/Phosphene (animation), James Calleri (casting), Tony and Grammy Award nominee Ethan Popp (music supervisor & music coordinator), Justin Craig (music director),Liz Caplan (vocal supervision), and Stephen Gabis (dialect coach).
David Binder, who first produced HEDWIG in 1997, is producing the musical on Broadway with Jayne Baron Sherman,Barbara Whitman, Latitude Link, Patrick Catullo, Raise The Roof, Paula Marie Black, Colin Callender, Ruth Hendel,Sharon Karmazin, Martian Entertainment, Stacey Mindich, Eric Schnall, and The Shubert Organization. 101 Productions, Ltd are the executive producers.