Broadway ‘Hedwig’ Scores Original Star John Cameron Mitchell

Continuing its hit run at the Belasco Theatre into the spring, Hedwig And The Angry Inch will welcome John Cameron Mitchell starting Wednesday, January 21 for eight weeks. Mitchell co-created the role — an unsung rock star after her semi-botched sex-change — with composer-lyricist Stephen Trask. He starred in the 1998 off-Broadway production, winning an Obie Award. He later starred in and directed the 2001 film version, earning a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actor in a Musical or Comedy.

Mitchell’s other acting credits include GirlsThe Secret Garden and Six Degrees Of Separation. His other directing credits include Rabbit HoleShortbus, and the upcoming film adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s punk-era story How To Talk To Girls At Parties. This will mark his first stage appearance since Hedwig off-Broadway

Screen Shot 2014-11-20 at 12.08.26 PM“I am in equal parts thrilled and terrified to be returning to Hedwig,” Mitchell said in a statement released by the show’s publicist. “Fifteen years ago she kicked my butt so hard that I quit acting. But like an expertly face-lifted ex-wife, she’s lured me back. The killer new work by Neil Patrick Harris, Andrew Rannells, and Michael C. Hall have left much larger pumps to fill. Here’s hoping I don’t need a walker by the end of the run.”

Hedwig And the Angry Inch producer David Binder said: “John returning to Hedwig is every fan’s dream come true. I’ve spent two decades working with Stephen and John and to have John in Hedwig’s gold boots at the Belasco couldn’t make me happier. No one will be screaming louder than me when he makes his entrance on January 21.”

As previously announced, Hall will play his final performance as Hedwig on Sunday, January 18.

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