It went out there a chorus boy and came back a rock star. Having shattered all expectations with a limited run that turned into a 76-week, Tony-winning smash hit Hedwig And The Angry Inch will exit Broadway’s Belasco Theatre after the Sunday matinee on September 13, after 22 previews and 506 performances.
Launched with a scorching, no-holds-barred must-see performance by Neil Patrick Harris, the musical became a showcase for an unlikely but always game round-robin of stars following in Harris’s gold stiletto-heeled boots: The title role of transexual “internationally ignored song stylist” Hedwig Robinson has been played by Andrew Rannells, Michael C. Hall, ur-Hedwig and show creator John Cameron Mitchell, Darren Criss and, currently, Taye Diggs.
“When we announced our limited 16-week Broadway engagement of Hedwig, never in my wildest dreams did I think it would run for a year and a half,” lead producer David Binder said, announcing the shuttering/ “Hedwig heralded a historic year of acceptance and celebration across America. It has been a privilege to work with our extraordinary leading men Neil, Andrew, Michael, John, Darren and Taye; Lena Hall, Rebecca Naomi Jones, Shannon Conley, and our kick ass band Tits of Clay. I am so happy that Michael Mayer’s groundbreaking production has introduced Hedwig to a new generation of fans and brought John and (composer/lyricist) Stephen (Trask)’s downtown show into the mainstream. The vision of these artists was truly ahead of its time.”
The Broadway run has grossed nearly $50 million, recouping its $5 million capitalization in three and a half months and, despite softening sales, remaining profitable. A national tour will be launched in October 2016, with productions being planned for London’s West End and Australia.
The Broadway run has also benefited the Hetrick-Martin Institute to the tune of more than $500,000 to help LGBTQ at-risk youth, raised through ticket sales, album proceeds and fundraising.
Binder, who first produced Hedwig off-Broadway in 1997, is partnered on Broadway with 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. 101 Productions, Ltd are the executive producers.