After over 500 performances at New York’s Belasco Theatre, it has been announced that Hedwig and the Angry Inch will close on September 13. The musical, written by John Cameron Mitchell with lyrics by Stephen Trask, opened on March 29 2014 with Neil Patrick Harris as the East German gender queer rock star and Lena Hall as her husband Yitzhak. Both Harris and Hall went on to win Tony Awards for their performances, with the show winning Best Revival in the same year.
Following Harris’ 16 week run, the internationally ignored song stylist has been played by The Book of Mormon‘s Andrew Rannells, Dexter star Michael C. Hall, John Cameron Mitchell himself, and of course Glee star Darren Criss, who played the role until July 19 when Taye Diggs took over. Diggs who will close the show is the first African American actor to portray the rocker.
In a statement producer David Binder said of the decision, “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. 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 Stephen’s downtown show into the mainstream. The vision of these artists was truly ahead of its time. I couldn’t be prouder of the entire team and am thrilled that audiences across the U.S. will soon be able to experience our show when it begins its national tour.”
According to Playbill, a U.S. national tour of Hedwig and the Angry Inch will start in San Francisco from October 4, 2016. There are plans to bring the show to London’s West End and Australia, however no further details are available regarding these productions.
When Hedwig takes her final bow next month, the show will have the honour of being the longest running show at the Belasco. So thank you John Cameron Mitchell and Stephen Trask for such an amazing show which has touched so many people, and London is ready and waiting for the show!