The National Tour of Hedwig and the Angry Inch got two new leads when it opened here in San Diego this week and both are terrific.
Criss is entirely captivating from beginning to end, and delivers a truly enjoyable show which the audience in his native San Francisco thoroughly enjoyed.
Hedwig and the Angry Inch, June 9th. The intimate setting of Broadway’s Belasco theatre plays host to Hedwig and the Angry Inch; a transgender singer from East Berlin and her back-up band. Created by Stephen Trask and John Cameron Mitchell, Hedwig tells the funny, yet often cruel and deeply emotional story of the singer’s life. Former Glee star Darren Criss is virtually unrecognisable in fishnets, high heels and a blonde wig, and Rebecca Naomi Jones plays Hedwig’s husband, Yitzhak. Hedwig tells us how she grew up on the eastern side of Berlin, at that time divided by a wall. In ... Read more
When it was announced that Michael C. Hall was replacing Andrew Rannells in Hedwig and the Angry Inch on Broadway, it was a bit of a surprise. It wasn’t that people thought Hall couldn’t pull off the role of a transgender rock star — he was previously on Broadway as the Master of Ceremonies in Cabaret — but because he took the role so quickly after his last Broadway gig, starring in the play The Realistic Joneses, ended. In an interview with The Daily Beast, Hall spoke about why he took a double-shot of Broadway, how Dexter might have messed ... Read more
It appears that Broadway’s Hedwig and the Angry Inch has a lot of life left thanks to Dexter star Michael C. Hall, who will soon be taking over the lead in the rock musical in October. Most people thought that once Neil Patrick Harris ended his limited engagement as the lead in Hedwig and the Angry Inch that the production would close up shop. After all, Harris proved himself to be a Broadway box office draw by packing the Belasco Theatre on a nightly basis with dozens of sold-out, standing-room-only performances. But since Harris’ major success meant that the production ... Read more
Neil Patrick Harris can officially consider himself one of Broadway’s biggest draws after finishing his run in Hedwig and the Angry Inch. Harris concluded his run in the show on August 17, which resulted in the show’s highest weekly gross — $1,139,903, with a paid admission average of $158.83, another weekly record for the production. The production grossed over one million dollars in each of the final eleven weeks of Harris’ twenty-week run. The prior nine weeks were also major successes, with only two weeks grossing less than $800,000 and the average ticket price never dropping below $100 (all figures ... Read more
Neil Patrick Harris just finished his Tony Award-winning run in Hedwig and the Angry Inch on Broadway. Girls star Andrew Rannells stepped into the role on Aug. 20 after doing the show 12 years ago in Texas. He talked about what it was like to return to a role he played when he was only 23. Rannells said, “Now I feel more connected to the Hedwig that has more life experience, that has more time under her belt. It’s interesting to go back and look at it now. The things that really resonated with me 12 years ago still do but ... Read more
New York theater audiences haven’t always been on their best behavior in recent years. There was the audience member in the balcony of Grace who threw up on the audience members in the orchestra below. Then during a play further downtown theater critic Kevin Williamson tossed the phone of a young woman sitting nearby him when she refused to put it away during a performance. Even the “please no photography” rule gets ignored, with the theater staff having to specifically ask audience members not to take photos of Emilia Clarke during her brief flash of nudity in the short-lived Breakfast ... Read more
It might be hard to believe, but when Neil Patrick Harris takes the stage in Hedwig and the Angry Inch in the spring it will be the first time in nearly a decade that Harris has been in a Broadway musical. Sure, in the meantime we’ve seen Harris sing, dance, host the Tonys (four times) and direct the Off-Broadway play Nothing to Hide, but Harris hasn’t been in a Broadway musical since Assassins had a brief run in 2004. Yet as he tells The New York Times, performing as the titular transgender woman from East Berlin in the Broadway debut ... Read more
Neil Patrick Harris is one busy guy. He’s simultaneously working on the final season of How I Met Your Mother, gearing up for his upcoming Broadway show, Hedwig and the Angry Inch and just directed a new magic show called Nothing to Hide. He recently talked with Speakeasy about all of those projects, including the research and physical transformation he’s doing for Hedwig and what he’s going to miss most about How I Miss Your Mother. He also talks about hosting an upcoming evening with the fantastic NYC show, Sleep No More. Check it out below!
After hosting the Tony Awards, Neil Patrick Harris won't be away from Broadway too long. It looks like as soon as he's done with the last season of How I Met Your Mother, he's headed back to New York to start in the Broadway premiere of Hedwig and the Angry Inch.