Belasco Theatre, (4/22/2014 - 9/13/2015)

First Preview: Mar 29, 2014
Opening Date: Apr 22, 2014
Closing Date: Sep 13, 2015
Total Previews: 22
Total Performances: 507

Category: Musical, Original, Broadway
Comments: Premiered off off Broadway at Westbeth and then ran over two years at the Jane Street Theatre beginning in February 1998. Was considered a "Revival" for the purposes of the Tony nominations in 2014.

Opening Night Production Staff

Theatre Owned / Operated by The Shubert Organization (Philip J. Smith: Chairman; Robert E. Wankel: President)

Produced by David Binder, 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 (Philip J. Smith: Chairman; Robert E. Wankel: President); Associate Producer: Mark Berger

Originally produced in New York City by David Binder; Produced off-Broadway by Peter Askin, Susann Brinkley and James B. Freydberg

Book by John Cameron Mitchell; Music by Stephen Trask; Lyrics by Stephen Trask; Musical Director: Justin Craig; Music orchestrated by Stephen Trask; Arrangement for "Sugar Daddy" by Justin Craig and Stephen Trask

Directed by Michael Mayer; Musical Staging by Spencer Liff; Associate Director: Johanna McKeon

Scenic Design by Julian Crouch; Costume Design by Arianne Phillips; Lighting Design by Kevin Adams; Sound Design by Tim O'Heir; Wig Design by Mike Potter; Make-Up Design by Mike Potter; Projection Design by Benjamin Pearcy and 59 Productions; Associate Scenic Design: Frank McCullough; Associate Costume Design: Valerie Marcus Ramshur; Associate Lighting Design: Paul Toben

Executive Producer: 101 Productions, Ltd.; Company Manager: Barbara Crompton

Technical Supervisor: Aurora Productions; Production Stage Manager: Lisa Iacucci; Stage Manager: Rachel A. Wolff

Musical Supervisor: Ethan Popp; Musical Coordinator: Ethan Popp; Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals: Justin Craig; Bass, Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals: Matt Duncan; Guitar, Vocals: Tim Mislock; Drums, Vocals: Peter Yanowitz

Vocal Supervision: Liz Caplan Vocal Studios LLC; Dialect Coach: Stephen Gabis; Casting: Calleri Casting; Press Representative: Boneau / Bryan-Brown; Advertising: Serino Coyne; Marketing Director: Eric Schnall; Interactive Marketing: Situation Interactive; Photographer: Joan Marcus

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Opening Night Cast

Neil Patrick HarrisHedwig
(Mar 29, 2014 - Aug 17, 2014)
Lena HallYitzhak
(Mar 29, 2014 - Apr 04, 2015)
Justin CraigSkszp
The Angry Inch
Matt DuncanJacek
The Angry Inch
Tim MislockKrzyzhtoff
The Angry Inch
Peter YanowitzSchlatko
The Angry Inch

Understudies: Shannon Conley (Yitzhak)

Awards and Nominations

Tony Award®

winner 2014 Best Revival of a Musical [winner] 

Produced by David Binder, 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 (Philip J. Smith: Chairman; Robert E. Wankel: President)

winner 2014 Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical [winner] 

Neil Patrick Harris

winner 2014 Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical [winner] 

Lena Hall

 2014 Best Direction of a Musical [nominee] 

Michael Mayer

 2014 Best Scenic Design of a Musical [nominee] 

Julian Crouch

 2014 Best Costume Design of a Musical [nominee] 

Arianne Phillips

winner 2014 Best Lighting Design of a Musical [winner] 

Kevin Adams

 2014 Best Sound Design of a Musical [nominee] 

Sound Design by Tim O'Heir

Drama Desk Award

winner 2014 Outstanding Revival of a Musical or Revue [winner] 

Produced by David Binder, 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 (Philip J. Smith: Chairman; Robert E. Wankel: President)

winner 2014 Outstanding Actor in a Musical [winner] 

Neil Patrick Harris

 2014 Outstanding Director of a Musical [nominee] 

Michael Mayer

Songs

music by Stephen Trask; lyrics by Stephen Trask

Tear Me Down
The Origin of Love
Sugar Daddy
Angry Inch
Wig in a Box
Wicked Little Town
The Long Grift
Hedwig's Lament
Exquisite Corpse
Wicked Little Town (Reprise)
Midnight Radio

Reviews


AP: "Neil Patrick Harris Crushes It in 'Hedwig'"

It's obvious from the first moments of "Hedwig and the Angry Inch" that star Neil Patrick Harris is doing something special. And it's not just trying on a new role.

He is lowered to the stage in a jumpsuit and ferociously feathered blond wig and immediately begins the show's first rock-punk song, getting down on all fours, grinding into the microphone stand or licking the guitarist's strings.

The crowd inside of the Belasco Theatre, where the show opened Tuesday, loses its mind, and why not? "Thank you! Thank you, you're so sweet," Harris says. "I do love a warm hand on my entrance."

Before our eyes, Harris is opening another chapter in his exceptional show business career with this 90-minute show and he simply crushes it, holding nothing back, softening no edges, making no nice.

Doogie Howser is long gone; the macho, tie-wearing Barney Stinson in "How I Met Your Mother" has left the building. That guy in "The Smurfs" film franchise is nowhere to be found, especially not strutting around in a pair of gold stilettos.

Harris, of course, plays Hedwig, a transgender East German performer who explains her tortured path from Berlin to a mobile home in Kansas to New York. Along the way, she has lost a piece of her manhood (the remainder is the rest of the show's title.)

The show has a renovated book by John Cameron Mitchell — who also played the first Hedwig — and songs by Stephen Trask that straddle the line between rock 'n' roll and traditional musical theater. A cult off-Broadway hit in 1998, "Hedwig" led to a 2001 feature film and has seemingly been waiting for Harris ever since.

Director Michael Mayer has been twice blessed. He has an undervalued score — some of the 10 songs here like "Wicked Little Town," ''Origin of Love" and "Wig in a Box" deserve to be on iPods everywhere — and a stunning leading man who is willing to eat cigarettes and lick the stage ("Tastes like Kathy Griffin," he comments after putting tongue to wood).

Mayer harnesses both beautifully, allowing Harris in a jean miniskirt to explore his natural exuberance but keeping the show about Hedwig, a feisty piece of show business flotsam or, as she admits, an "internationally ignored song stylist." Harris sings with real feeling, whether it's a torch song on a stool while dressed in a little cocktail dress or rocking out a head-banging tune by attacking the scenery.

Mitchell may not be Hedwig anymore, but he has given Harris new dialogue perfectly suited to the new star: Digs at the ultra-hip Jane Hotel in New York, John Mayer and dating site ChristianMingle, as well as a new recurring joke about Broadway itself: Hedwig makes fun of the fictional "Hurt Locker: the Musical," which "opened last night and closed at intermission." (Not to worry, old jokes like the fragrance "Atrocity By Hedwig" are still there.)

Other updates include some great, trippy projections by Benjamin Pearcy and a set by Julian Crouch that features a rusting car, front and center onstage, plus a fabulous grid of wig mannequins.

The five-piece rock band is headed by Lena Hall, a Broadway veteran who also, appropriately, leads the band The Deafening. In drag most of the night, Hall shows musical versatility and comic chops.

But it will come as no surprise that while Hall has an understudy, Harris does not. And that's perfectly right: Rarely does a role fit a performer so well. Harris is funny, twisted, poignant, outrageous, bizarre, silly and very, very human.


AP
04/23/2014

Replacement/Transfer Info


The following people are credited as replacements or additions if they were not credited on opening night.


Belasco Theatre

(4/22/2014 - 9/13/2015)
Associate Producer: Steve Saporito.

Movement Associate: Charlie Williams, Paul McGill.

Animation: John Bair.

Assistant Co. Mgr: Sophie Aung; Company Manager: Ashley Berman.

Cast

Shannon Conley
Yitzhak (Apr 7, 2015 - Apr 12, 2015)
Darren Criss
Hedwig (Apr 29, 2015 - Jul 19, 2015)
Taye Diggs
Hedwig (Jul 22, 2015 - Sep 13, 2015)
Michael C. Hall
Hedwig (Oct 16, 2014 - Jan 18, 2015)
During John Cameron Mitchell's hiatusHedwig (Feb 17, 2015 - Feb 21, 2015)
Rebecca Naomi Jones
Yitzhak (Apr 14, 2015 - Sep 13, 2015)
John Cameron Mitchell
Hedwig (Jan 21, 2015 - Apr 26, 2015)
Andrew Rannells
Hedwig (Aug 20, 2014 - Oct 12, 2014)


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