WAKE UP BROADWAY FANS! It’s getting closer to Broadway’s biggest night of the year only 11 days away and we are once again waking up you guys up with some of our favorite performances over the past 70 years on our Top 30 Tony Awards countdown.
WHETHER YOU LIKE IT OR NOT at #11 on our countdown is not your typical rock musical. This show was highly requested by you guys. It is a rock concert experience featuring gender swapping singers and a rock band. This is of course Stephen Trask and John Cameron Mitchell‘s HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH.
HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH first premiered Off Broadway at the Jane Street Theatre in 1998 playing 857 performances with John Cameron Mitchell (later future Tony winner Michael Cerveris, Kevin Cahoon, and Asa Somers) in the title role. It then started playing International productions around the world and became a 2001 film (with Mitchell reprising his role), The show had its official Broadway premiere in 2014 for 529 performances at the Belasco Theatre. HEDWIG on Broadway was headlined by a lineup of celebrities strutting the blonde wig and rocking out including Neil Patrick Harris, Andrew Rannells, Michael C. Hall, John Cameron Mitchell (Reprising his performance), Darren Criss, and Taye Diggs. It also featured Lena Hall (and later Rebecca Naomi Jones) as Yitzhak. The Broadway premiere was nominated for 8 Tonys that year winning 4 including Best Revival Of A Musical and Best Performance by A Leading Actor / Featured Actress in A Musical (for Harris and Hall). The Broadway production is set to embark on it’s 1st US National Tour this October with Darren Criss and Lena Hall reprising their performances from Broadway. In addition, Hall (not only will be playing Yitzhak) but also Hedwig during a few performances.
Isn’t this show sexy, high energy, and rocking?!!