It really has been a roller coaster couple of years for John Cameron Mitchell and Hedwig and the Angry Inch. Following the show’s return to Broadway in 2014, the show triumphed at last year’s Tony Awards with gongs for Neil Patrick Harris, Lena Hall, and the show itself picking up Best Revival. Finally this year it was the turn of Mitchell, who wrote the show with composer and lyricist Stephen Trask, to be recognised by the Tony Awards.
Mitchell, who returned to the role last year, collected the 2015 Special Tony Award last night in New York, and announced that Hedwig is planning on crossing the pond! Speaking to the assembled press, Mitchell confirmed that Hedwig and the Angry Inch will be making a move to London’s West End: “’Yes, we’re definitely coming to the West End. We’re trying to get the right person – we have interesting people on the hook, and now we’re reeling them in.”
There were no clues given as to who will bring “the internationally ignored song stylist” to life in London, however the news that London will be giving Hedwig, Yitzhak, and the Angry Inch a home is just brilliant. Whoever Mitchell and the producers choose to don the wig and the heels will have a tough act to follow as every actor who has played the role has definitely brought their own take and slayed audiences night after night.
Of course we do have the potential that a previous Broadway Hedwig may reprise their role to bed the role in, and help to increase the buzz around a musical which is not widely known in the mainstream. Any of the previous stars would definitely draw the crowds, however from a purely selfish level should Andrew Rannells, or the current Broadway Hedwig Darren Criss fancy the chance to make their West End debut then that would be just fine with me.
There is no news as to when Hedwig will be finally granted her UK work visa, but one thing can be sure I will be there opening night cheering on everyone’s favourite “slip of a girlyboy from Communist East Berlin.”