Hedwig Goes Gold: Broadway Hit, With Neil Patrick Harris, Recoups

By Carey Purcell
15 Jul 2014

Lena Hall and Neil Patrick Harris
Lena Hall and Neil Patrick Harris
Photo by Joan Marcus

The Tony Award-winning Broadway production of Hedwig and the Angry Inch, which stars 2014 Tony winner Neil Patrick Harris in the title role, has recouped its initial capitalization investment as of the week ending July 13.

"Well, I guess New York loves Ms. Hedwig!" producer David Binder said in a statement. "Our girl is feeling it now! All of us at the Belasco Theatre couldn't be more thrilled. We're so grateful to all the folks who have turned out and we're especially thankful to all the fans that have flown in from around the world to join our celebration on 44th street. It has been an incredible journey."

A long-term charitable partnership between the Broadway production of the musical and Hetrick-Martin Institute (HMI), the nation's oldest and largest organization helping gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) youth to reach their full potential, was announced in March. In a private reception at the Belasco Theatre in June, the production presented a check for $100,000 to HMI. This first disbursement from Hedwig and the Angry Inch is part of the ongoing partnership with HMI. Read Playbill.com's interview with with Thomas Krever, CEO of the Hetrick-Martin Institute, here

The Broadway premiere of the cult rock musical began previews March 29 at the Belasco Theatre, prior to an official opening April 22. Tony winner Harris will continue with the production through Aug. 17; Tony nominee Andrew Rannells (The Book of Mormon, Jersey Boys) will star in the musical beginning Aug. 20. He is contracted for eight weeks.



Read Playbill.com's interview with Rannells here

Hedwig features a book by John Cameron Mitchell and music and lyrics by Stephen Trask. The landmark 1998 musical stars Harris as the titular Hedwig, a transgender singer fronting a fictional rock-n-roll band. Lena Hall, who recently starred as Nicola in Broadway's Tony-winning musical Kinky Boots and is also the lead singer of rock band The Deafening, co-stars with Harris as Yitzhak.

Harris and Hall won the Tony Awards for Best Lead Actor in a Musical and Best Featured Actress in a musical, respectively. Kevin Adams also won the Tony for Best Lighting Design. The production won Best Revival of a Musical. 

Read Playbill.com's Brief Encounter with Lena Hall here.

The Broadway cast recording of the production was released digitally June 12.

Read Playbill.com's track-by-track write up of the cast recording here

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