Neil Patrick Harris' return to Broadway in HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH opens tonight at the Belasco Theatre (111 West 44th Street). The musical with book by John Cameron Mitchell and music and lyrics by Stephen Trask, directed by Micheal Mayer also features Lena Hall (Kinky Boots, lead signer of The Deafening).
The opening night of HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH is sponsord by Garnier with additional support provided by the Hasty Pudding Institute of 1770.
In addition, HEDWIG has been featured in the following news outlets:
Neil Patrick Harris was photographed by Annie Leibovitz in Los Angeles at the Chateau Marmont with two pythons entwined around his body. The photo was accompanied by an essay written by Tony Award winner Lin-Manuel Miranda who worked with Harris in his acclaimed hosting duties at the Tony Awards.
In addition, John Cameron Mitchell, Stephen Trask, Lena Hall, Justin Craig, Matt Duncan, Tim Mislock, and Peter Yanowitz were featured in a video giving viewers a backstage tour of the Belasco Theatre.
To see the photo and video, visit: http://www.vanityfair.com/vf-hollywood/neil-patrick-harris-snakes-photo
Costume designer Arianne Phillips is featured in the most recent issue of Vogue. Phillips spoke to editor Hamish Bowles about her designs for HEDWIG. In addition, Vogue was given access to costume sketches and a costume fitting with Harris.
The issue of Vogue is on stands tomorrow.
Phillips also spoke to Diane Solway for a piece in the April issue of W. Phillips spoke about her inspiration for the designs and the item featured an exclusive look at the design for Hedwig’s signature denim romper.
To read the feature, visit: http://www.wmagazine.com/culture/2014/04/hedwig-and-the-angry-inch-broadway-april/
Harris is featured on the cover of April’s Out Magazine in a feature written by editor in chief Aaron Hicklin featuring photographs by Michael Muller.
To read the feature, see the photos and a behind the scenes video feature of the photo shoot, visit: http://www.out.com/entertainment/theater-dance/2014/03/11/neil-patrick-harris-metamorphosis-doogie-barney-hedwig
NEW YORK TIMES
Phillips was featured in last week’s Thursday Style section in the weekly “Front Row” column. Phillips spoke to reporter Matthew Schneier about her designs and gave him a tour of the work room under the stage of the Belasco Theatre.
WALL STREET JOURNAL
The production has been featured three times on Wall Street Journal:
On Friday, Mitchell and Trask were featured in Friday’s Wall Street Journal. They spoke to Stefanie Cohen about the early days developing the character of Hedwig and seeing their show arrive on Broadway. A subscription is required to read the feature at http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424052702304810904579505602137230722?mg=reno64-wsj
On Monday, co-star Lena Hall was profiled in the Journal by Marshall Heyman. Heyman talked to her about playing Hedwig’s husband in the production, her band The Deafening, and working with Harris.
Also yesterday, the Journal’s Speakeasy blog posted an appreciation on the show, how HEDWIG’s reputation has grown from the early incarnations at Squeezebox and Jane Street Theatre into an international phenomenon. The piece was written by Eric Sasson for his regular “Ctrl - Alt” column.
GOOD MORNING AMERICA
Last week, the production was featured twice on GMA.
On Wednesday, Harris, Hall, Mitchell, and Trask were interviewed by Lara Spencer on the stage at the Belasco Theatre. The segment also featured a backstage tour of the Belasco Theatre including Harris’ and Hall’s costumes, wigs, and dressing rooms.
To see the segment, visit: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k1yPMeY21sM&feature=youtu.be
On Thursday, Harris dropped by GMA’s Times Square studio to speak to anchor Robin Roberts. To see the interview, visit: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DiXYnqWu33E.
In addition, Harris dropped by GMA’s Social Square to answer fan questions. To see the questions, visit: http://abcnews.go.com/GMA/video/neil-patrick-harris-hedwig-angry-inch-star-stops-23359295
THE NEW YORKER
The production has been feature three times by The New Yorker:
Last week, Harris was featured in full costume for a portrait taken by Christaan Felber for the lead of the “Goings On About Town” section. To see the portrait, visit: http://www.newyorker.com/arts/events/2014/04/21/140421gofr_GOAT_front
This week, hair and makeup designer Mike Potter was featured in the magazine in a piece written by Sarah Larson. Larson was given an exclusive backstage access as Potter prepared for a preview of the show including Harris’ makeup and wig process.
Last week, The New Yorker Online posted sketches made by artist Michael Arthur of the production. Arthur was given access to the production’s tech rehearsal process in the theatre and captured the cast and creative team as they prepared for the first preview of HEDWIG. To see the sketches, visit: http://www.newyorker.com/online/blogs/culture/2014/04/slide-show-drawing-the-hedwig-and-the-angry-inch-revival.html#slide_ss_0=1
NEW YORK MAGAZINE
Harris is featured in the current issue on stands today in a portrait taken by Andreas Laszlo Konrath in the makeup room at the Belasco. Harris posed in boxers, shirt, and Hedwig’s signature gold boots. The photo is accompanied by an interview written by Rebecca Milzoff.
NEW YORK POST
The Post’s Page 6 wrote about HEDWIG producer David Binder’s nearly 15 year relationship with the show which started at Squeezebox and is now making its Broadway debut. To read the item, visit:
Yesterday, Style.com profiled costume designer Arianne Phillips and shot exclusive photos backstage at the Belasco Theatre. The piece was written by Lee Carter and discussed her inspirations, revisiting the character of Hedwig, and making her Broadway debut as a designer.
Producer David Binder, John Cameron Mitchell, Stephen Trask, director Michael Mayer, and choreographer Spencer Liff all spoke to Huffington Post’s Curtis Wong for a “Gay Voices” piece on the show.
Playbill Online has published a series of “Brief Encounters” on HEDWIG featuring Neil Patrick Harris, Lena Hall, John Cameron Mitchell, and Stephen Trask. To read the features written by Carey Purcell, visit:
“Internationally ignored song stylist” Hedwig Robinson (Neil Patrick Harris) brings her fourth-wall-smashing rock and roll saga to New York to set the record straight about her life, her loves, and the botched operation that left her with that “angry inch.”
HEDWIG is Harris’ first appearance on Broadway since he starred as The Balladeer/Lee Harvey Oswald in the 2004 Tony-winning revival of Assassins. His other Broadway credits include Proof and Cabaret. He recently wrapped production for the final season of the beloved CBS comedy “How I Met Your Mother” and has been honored with four Emmy Awards: three for his acclaimed hosting of the Tony Awards and another for his guest-starring role on “Glee.” His upcoming film projects include Fox’s Gone Girl, Universal’s A Million Ways to Die in the West, and Disney/Pixar’s The Good Dinosaur.
HEDWIG has inspired a generation of young theatre writers and audiences. This wickedly funny and heartbreaking show was called “the Best Rock Musical Ever” by Rolling Stone and “the most exciting rock score written for the theatre since, oh, ever,” by Time Magazine.
HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH was originally produced by David Binder off off Broadway at Westbeth and then, under the direction of Peter Askin, ran over two years at the Jane Street Theatre beginning in February 1998. The musical won the Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Off-Broadway Musical and both John Cameron Mitchell and Stephen Trask won Obies in 2001. It won a 1998 New York Magazine Award and Entertainment Weekly’s “Soundtrack of the Year” Award. Time Magazine named HEDWIG the Top Musical of 1998.
The film of HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH, directed by John Cameron Mitchell, won the Audience Award and Best Director Awards at Sundance. Mitchell won the Best New Director from the National Board of Review, the Gotham Awards, and the LA Critics Society. Stage productions have played for many years in Japan and in 2008, Korea hosted a popular televised reality show about the search for a new star to play Hedwig.
The creative team for HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH features Emmy Award nominee Spencer Liff (musical staging), Drama Desk Award winner Julian Crouch (scenic design), two-time Oscar nominee Arianne Phillips (costume design), three-time Tony Award winner Kevin Adams (lighting design), Mike Potter (hair and makeup design), platinum-selling record producer Timothy O’Heir (sound design), Benjamin Pearcy for 59 Productions (projection design), James Calleri (casting), Tony and Grammy Award nominee Ethan Popp (music supervisor & music coordinator), Justin Craig (music director), Liz Caplan (vocal supervision), and Stephen Gabis (dialect coach).
The members of “The Angry Inch,” Hedwig’s band – his “ambassadors of Eastern Bloc rock” – will be music director Justin Craig (guitar and keyboards), Matt Duncan (bass), Tim Mislock (guitar), and Peter Yanowitz (drums).
David Binder, who first produced HEDWIG in 1997, is producing the musical 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.
Tickets for HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH are available now by calling 212-239-6200 or visiting Telecharge.com, or via the Belasco Theatre Box Office (111 West 44th Street). Ticket prices range from $37 - $144.
HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH performs seven shows per week.
THROUGH SUNDAY, APRIL 27 (WEEK OF OPENING): Monday, Tuesday (opening night), Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday at 8 PM; Saturday at 7 PM and 10 PM.
STARTING MONDAY, APRIL 28 (REGULAR PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE): Wednesday through Friday at 8 PM; Saturday at 7 PM and 10 PM; Sunday at 3 PM and 7 PM.
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