Hedwig and the Angry Inch: Lena Hall joins cast
Lena Hall will play the role of 'Yitzhak' in the upcoming Broadway premiere of John Cameron Mitchell and Stephen Trask's musical Hedwig and the Angry Inch, opening at the Belasco Theatre on 22 Apr 2014, following previews from 29 Mar 2014.
Hall is currently making her Broadway debut as 'Nicola' in the Tony Award winning musical 'Kinky Boots.' Her regional credits include Tarzan, Dracula, 42nd Street, Cats, Bedbugs and Green Eyes. TV and Film roles include "Young Miranda" in the Sex and the City film, The Stepford Wives, The Graduates, "All My Children" and "Legally Blonde, the Search for the Next Elle Woods."
In further news, Neil Patrick Harris who will star as 'Hedwig,' has extended his initial run with the production by four weeks and is now scheduled to continue in the role through to 17 aug 2014.
Hedwig and the Angry Inch will be directed by Tony Award-winner Michael Mayer (Spring Awakening), who is joined by Emmy Award nominee Spencer Liff ("So You Think You Can Dance") who will be providing the show's musical staging.
Additional casting and creative team for the production will be announced in the coming weeks.
Hedwig and the Angry Inch tells the story of an 'internationally ignored' rock singer, Hedwig (Harris), and her search for stardom and love. Born a boy named Hansel whose life's dream is to find his other half, Hedwig reluctantly submits to a sex change operation in order to marry an American G.I. and get over the Berlin Wall to freedom. The operation is botched, leaving her with the aforementioned 'angry inch.'
The musical comedy began off-off-Broadway at Westbeth and then ran over two years at the Jane Street Theatre beginning in Feb 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 and the Angry Inch the Top Musical of 1998.
The film of Hedwig and the Angry Inch, 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.
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