WHAT?S UP BROADWAY FANS?! The 72nd Annual Tony Awards are just 15 days away. Can you believe it?s getting close. Our TOP 40 TONY AWARDS countdown continues with more exciting Broadway showstoppers. Our selection for today is actually a special one dedicated to our company?s founder Amada Anderson (in honor of her birthday today).

At # 15 on our countdown is not your typical average rock musical. WHETHER YOU LIKE IT OR NOT… this show follows 2 gender swapping German singers in a rock band. We of course are talking about?. HEDWIG & THE ANGRY INCH. The show features a score by Stephen Trask and a book by John Mitchell Cameron..

From the 2014 telecast, Tony winners Neil Patrick Harris and Lena Hall perform the showstopper SUGAR DADDY.

HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH was first conceived by John Cameron Mitchell. The initial main character’s name was Tommy who inspired by Mitchell?s real life experiences with being gay, raised by a father who was an army general, and being fascinated by mythology. For the role of ?Hedwig?, it was actually a featured role in the show. The idea of the title character now being the protagonist came in 1994 when composer Stephen Trask encouraged Mitchell to perform some of the early material at a New York Drag Punk club called SQUEEZEBOX. They also thought it was a great idea to create the show through numerous clubs featuring rock bands instead of Theaters.

The show originally had its world premiere Off Broadway at the Jane Street Theatre in 1998 playing 857 performances earning rave reviews and winning numerous Awards including the Obie Award.. The cast starred?

John Cameron Mitchell (later future Tony winner Michael Cerveris, Kevin Cahoon, and Asa Somers) in the title role

and Miriam Shor as ?Yitzhak?.

Following the success of the initial Off Broadway run, the show began launch productions international worldwide.

HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH had its official ON Broadway Debut in 2014 at the Belasco Theatre. It ran for 529 performances. This production starred?

Neil Patrick Harris (later Andrew Rannells, Michael C Hall, John Cameron Mitchell (Reprising his performance), Darren Criss, and Taye Diggs) in the title role

and Lena Hall (later Rebecca Naomi Jones) as Yitzhak.

HEDWIG on Broadway was nominated for 8 Tony Awards that year winning 4 including Best Revival Of A Musical along with Best A Leading Actor in a Musical (for Neil Patrick Harris) and Best Featured Actress in a Musical.

Following the success of the Broadway run, HEDWIG went on its first official major National Tour. The touring cast featured Broadway cast members performing on the first few stops in honor of Pride Month consisting of…

Darren Criss reprising the role of the title role,

and Lena Hall reprising the role of “Yizhak” (and also served as the alternate playing “Hedwig”)

From there, the remainder of the tour starred…

Tony nominee Euan Morton as the title role

and Hannah Corneau as “Yitzhak”.

In addition to its success as a musical, HEDWIG began a cult classic 2001 film from New Line Cinema. The film featured the original Off Broadway stars reprising their roles which were…

John Cameron Mitchell

and Miram Shor.

and Miriam Shor.

Isn?t this show sexy, high energy, and rocking?!!

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Here’s NPH in the amazing number from “Hedwig and the Angry Inch”. Once again, he shows that his success has never been based on luck… just supreme talent….

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