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John Cameron Mitchell on Returning to 'Hedwig': INTERVIEW

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As we revealed earlier today, John Cameron Mitchell will debut in the Broadway production of Hedwig and the Angry Inch on January 21, returning to the role he created Off-Broadway 15 years ago and immortalized in the cult-hit 2001 film. I spoke to Mitchell about stepping back into the show he penned with Stephen Trask, reuniting with fans and the rock-and-roll influences that shaped everyone's favorite trans glam rocker.

Naveen Kumar: What made you decide to do go into the show?

John Cameron Mitchell: Well you know, come on! The production is sitting there and I’ve certainly been thinking about it. I didn’t want to open the show, because it was just way too much pressure and time, and I could barely imagine doing it as long as the superman called Neil Patrick Harris. So, this manageable run, at a time when box office usually dips in January and before my film starts shooting next year, it was sort of a perfect slot. Certainly, it’s been in my mind that’ I’d do once more before I collapse into old age. [Laughs]

NK: So, it’s something you’ve thought about since the planning stages?

John Cameron Mitchell jcm344BW(med) by Nick VogelsonJCM: Years ago when we were thinking about Broadway, I didn’t really want to do a full run and thought maybe I could share it with someone—as they did with Fela!, because it was just so much singing and dancing. We reduced it to seven performances a week—I think Andrew Rannells did one week of eight—but no Hedwig has ever done eight and lived to tell the tale, because it’s way too hard. So, it was the enormity of it that gave me pause.

To be honest, it’s a great excuse to get in shape! [Laughs]

NK: How do you think it will be different for you this time?

JCM: Physically it will be much harder. But, the show is about finding a wholeness, and after 15 years, moving into middle age—you think about wholeness in a different way. In some ways, you are more whole, in other ways you’re more realistic about romance. The myth of ‘The Origin of Love,’ of finding a way to complete yourself—the young version of that is, ‘One person is going to complete me forever and heal the primal rift.’

And then you become a little wiser, even at the end of Hedwig, she’s alone in one way but there’s a kind of wholeness implied, because she’s been through these experiences. She’s the sum of everyone she’s met. You understand that more when you’re older, for better or worse. And, hopefully you’ve made the right choices as to who those people are. Everyone makes mistakes, and they make loving mistakes, which is really the best you can do. You make decisions based on whether you love or hate yourself.

A lot of queer people grew up feeling inferior, hating themselves from a young age, and have to heal themselves. And queer people include straight people who didn’t fit in in terms of gender, trans people, anyone. Your butch mom: She’s queer too, even if she’s straight. So, that’s the Hedwig community and it’s been built up from nothing. Of course there are Rocky Horror fans and rock fans mixed in, but we’re really different.

The people who love Hedwig love it forever, so there’s a responsibility to doing this right and being honest on stage. I’m excited about reuniting with those people—the last 15 years of their lives will inform the show as much as the last 15 years of my own, which has been very peripatetic, exciting and tragic and full. It’s going to be wiser, it’s going to be frayed. It’s not going to be as nervous as when I was a kid. I’m actually nervous about it now—but that ‘s more about how strenuous it is and keeping it together vocally and physically. It’s exciting; I need a kick in the ass right now, and there’s no bigger kick in the ass than Hedwig.

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See What a 6-Year-Old Theatre Critic Thought of 'Hedwig and the Angry Inch': VIDEO

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Iain is a pint-sized theatre critic with a budding YouTube channel in which he reviews what he sees on Broadway. He has more than three dozen reviews under his belt.

Back in July, Iain posted a video because he was frustrated that he was being told Hedwig and the Angry Inch was not appropriate for children and that he couldn't see it.

Said Iain: "It's so hard to be a six-year-old kid who LOVES theatre!"

Well, someone finally came to their senses and Iain was finally allowed to see Hedwig, which now stars Dexter's Michael C. Hall. Iain posted his review just before Halloween.

So what did this 6-year-old think about a musical about an East German transgender rock star?

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Someone Stole Michael C. Hall's Hedwig Wig

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And they better look out. According to Page Six, the iconic 'do' currently being donned by Michael C. Hall in Hedwig and The Angry Inch on Broadway was stolen after a recent performance: 

Hall — who took over the role of East German transgender singer Hedwig fromAndrew Rannells this month — has a climactic scene in which he rips off a wig and throws it to the stage floor at the Belasco Theatre.

“Normally, the crew gets it immediately after the curtain call,” explained a spy. But on Saturday night, “the wig was nowhere to be found. They suspect an eager fan grabbed it [off the stage] and made off with it.”

What could be the motive for such a heinous and disloyal act of thievery? The producers suspect Halloween:

“You do not mess with Hedwig’s wigs,” warned producer David Binder of the hair-raising caper. “I’m afraid for the poor person who did this, because Hedwig will find you — hunt you down, and do unspeakable things to you.”

He further added, “Trust me, you’d better not wear it in the Village on Friday. She’ll snatch it right off your head, and if she takes a handful of your actual hair, I can’t be held responsible.”

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First Look: Michael C. Hall as Hedwig in Broadway's 'Hedwig and the Angry Inch'

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Here are the first images of Michael C. Hall (Dexter, Six Feet Under) as East German transgender rock star Hedwig, inthe Tony Award-winning musical Hedwig and the Angry Inch.

Hall will begin performances when he takes over for Andrew Rannells on Thursday, October 16 at the Belasco Theatre.

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Michael C. Hall to Take Over for Andrew Rannells in 'Hedwig And The Angry Inch' on Broadway

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Actor Michael C. Hall, best known for Dexter and his role as gay funeral director David Fisher in Six Feet Under, will take over for Andrew Rannells in Hedwig and the Angry Inch in October, producers announced today. 

Rannells is currently performing in the titular role for a limited eight-week run ending October 12. Rannells originally took over the role from Neil Patrick Harris. 

The Hollywood Reporter adds that this marks Hall's first musical theater role in over a decade - following his Broadway debut as the emcee in Cabaret in 1999 and his role as Billy Flynn in Chicago in 2002. 

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Andrew Rannells on Stepping into Broadway’s Highest Heels in ‘Hedwig and the Angry Inch:’ INTERVIEW

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BY NAVEEN KUMAR

Tony nominated in 2011 for his turn as an eagerly pious missionary in The Book of Mormon, Andrew Rannells returns to Broadway this week playing the glam-rock trans goddess in Hedwig and the Angry Inch for an eight-week run. Earlier this summer, the cult 1998 musical brought home Tony Awards for Best Revival and for performances by Lena Hall and Neil Patrick Harris, whom Rannells replaces in the show.

From his breakout role on Broadway, Rannells, 35, jumped quickly into TV with a recurring role on Girls, where he plays Lena Dunham’s now gay ex-boyfriend. He also went on to star as a young gay dad in Ryan Murphy’s series The New Normal, which ran for one season on NBC.

AR - hedwig1With his career taking off, the star returns to the stage in a role he’s been primed to play since he was a college student in Manhattan. I talked to the actor about his history with Hedwig, his jump to the screen, and Anne Hathaway’s best advice to him for walking in heels.

Naveen Kumar: Your last role on Broadway had you all buttoned up, so this time’s a little different…

Andrew Rannells: [Laughs] Yes! Yes it is.

NK: Are we watching a drag pro or a novice? Tell me about your history with heels—because they are sky high in this show.

AR: Well, I did a production of Hedwig in 2002 in Austin, Texas, at a theatre called the ZACH Theatre. It’s been a long time. This is obviously a very slick production, and there are things that I don’t have to worry about, like in Austin I had to do my own makeup and put on my own wig. On Broadway, there’s a whole staff of amazing designers who do that for you, which takes a lot of the stress away. I just have to show up! So that’s very nice.

The show itself, weirdly even though it was 12 years ago, I still remembered big pieces of it. Songs are a little bit easier to remember, but I was really surprised by the chunks of the script that I remembered, somewhere lodged in the back of my brain.

NK: So, jumping around in heels: not a big deal?

AR: One of the first things they did was give me a pair of rehearsal heels, and I was a little nervous about it because they were like 5-inch high heels.

I had just stared working on the Nancy Myers movie The Intern this summer in New York, and all of my scenes were with Anne Hathaway. I was telling her about it and she said, “You know what? Just don’t think about it. Women don’t think about it. They just put them on and do it.” That was her big advice and it was actually very helpful, because I just thought, I’m not going to stress about this, I’m just going to put them on and see what happens. Knock on wood: I have not fallen yet.

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