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Neil Patrick Harris to Star in Broadway Premiere of 'Hedwig and the Angry Inch'

Neil Patrick Harris is set to take on the title role in John Cameron Mitchell's 1998 musical Hedwig and the Angry Inch when it premieres on Broadway in Spring 2014, Playbill reports:

Tonys_nph"I am simultaneously ecstatic and terrified to be stepping into Hedwig's heels," Harris said in a statement. "It is truly a once-in-a-lifetime role and I can't wait to begin the journey."

Hedwig and the Angry Inch is a musical comedy about a fictional rock 'n' roll band fronted by a transgender singer. The production 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. Hedwig and the Angry Inch won a 1998 New York Magazine Award and Entertainment Weekly's "Soundtrack of the Year" Award.

David Binder and Jayne Baron Sherman are producing. 101 Productions, Ltd are the executive producers.


John Cameron Mitchell Says 'Hedwig' Sequel in Progress, Will Reprise Role in Provincetown

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Kevin Sessums had coffee with John Cameron Mitchell this week who told him all about the sequel he's working on to Hedwig and The Angry Inch. He's also going to reprise his role on September 16th at a special performance at this year's Afterglow Festival in Provincetown, Massachusetts. And now Kevin's teasing us on his Tumblr:

He then went on to tell me in detail the narrative of the sequel for which Hedwig's original composer Stephen Trask will write the music once more. There was such sweet excitement in his voice as he told me scene after scene, much like the sweetness and excitement he first had when so many years ago we sat in another coffee shop and he shyly admitted he was writing the role of a transgendered rock'n'roller so he could play it himself."

Adds Sessums:

I'll never forget the night I first saw him perform Hedwig in one of those first performances of the show at the theatre at Westbeth. I had never seen that side of John. Hell, I'd never even seen him with a wig on. But he was able to combine his innate sweetness with Hedwig's hellacious swagger to create one of the most original theatrical characters I had ever seen. He bowled me over and broke my heart all at the same time. His brilliance that night still burns in my memory.

As for the sequel? Let's just say it's something that could only happen to Hedwig - a phantasmagoria with dollops of brutal reality interwoven into its multi-media narrative.

Said Mitchell about the new Hedwig plot: "We spend so much of our early lives trying to figure out who we really are. And we spend the rest of our lives preparing ourselves to let it go."


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