NPH to Broadway as ’Hedwig’ Next Spring
Neil Patrick Harris, fresh from his recent triumph hosting the Tony Awards, will return to Broadway in the Spring of 2014 in "Hedwig and the Angry Inch."
It will mark the Broadway premiere of John Cameron Mitchell and Stephen Trask's musical, which opened off-Broadway in 1998 for a two-year run prior to becoming a world-wide sensation. Mitchell starred in that initial production.
According to a press release, the remaining creative team members, additional casting, and the theatre will be confirmed at a later date.
Harris said, "I am simultaneously ecstatic and terrified to be stepping into Hedwig's heels. It is truly a once-in-a-lifetime role and I can't wait to begin the journey."
John Cameron Mitchell who wrote the book and starred in the original stage and film productions of "Hedwig" said, "Who better to pass the wig to but the finest entertainer of his generation?" and composer Stephen Trask said, "It's like you're putting together a fantasy rock band and Paul McCartney agrees to play bass."
David Binder, who first produced "Hedwig" in 1997 and is now producing the musical on Broadway, said, "I'm so excited that everything has come into place to bring "Hedwig" to Broadway. I have always felt that John and Stephen's musical is a masterpiece and deserved to be seen by wider audiences. Neil Patrick Harris is a consummate stage performer who knows how to rock - there is no one better to play the role of Hedwig on Broadway."
"Hedwig and the Angry Inch" is produced on Broadway by David Binder and Jayne Baron Sherman. 101 Productions, Ltd are the executive producers.
"Hedwig," a musical comedy about a fictional rock and roll band fronted by a transgender singer played by Neil Patrick Harris, 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. Rolling Stone called it "the Best Rock Musical Ever" 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 adaptation, directed by John Cameron Mitchell, won the Audience Award and Best Director Awards at Sundance. John Cameron 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.'