Did a Fan Fail "Hedwig 101" and Steal a Wig from Belasco Theatre?

News   Did a Fan Fail "Hedwig 101" and Steal a Wig from Belasco Theatre?
 
One of the wigs from the Tony-winning Broadway production of Hedwig and the Angry Inch disappeared from the theatre, according to the New York Post.

Michael C. Hall
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In one of the final scenes of the musical, which currently stars Michael C. Hall ("Dexter," Cabaret) as the "internationally ignored" East German transgender singer fronting a fictional rock-n-roll band, Hedwig takes off her wig and throws it on the stage floor. Following the performance, the wig was missing, and the Post reports that an audience member is suspected of stealing it.

"You do not mess with Hedwig's wigs," producer David Binder said in a statement. "That's like Hedwig 101. I'm afraid for the poor person who did this because Hedwig will find you, hunt you down, and do unspeakable things to you.

"And trust me, you'd better not wear it in the Village on Friday," he continued. "She'll snatch it right off your head and if she takes a handful of your actual hair, I can't be held responsible."

The Broadway premiere of the cult rock musical began previews March 29 at the Belasco, prior to an official opening April 22 with Neil Patrick Harris in the title role. Tony nominee Andrew Rannells replaced Harris, and Hall suceeded Rannells. He continues in the role through Jan. 4, 2015.

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Hedwig features a book by John Cameron Mitchell and music and lyrics by Stephen Trask. 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, plays Yitzhak.

Both 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. 

Hedwig is directed by Tony Award winner Michael Mayer (Spring Awakening, American Idiot) with musical staging by Emmy Award nominee Spencer Liff (The Wedding Singer, Cry-Baby). Justin Craig is musical director. 

The Hedwig creative team includes scenic designer Julian Crouch, costume designer Arianne Phillips, lighting designer Kevin Adams, hair and makeup designer Mike Potter, sound designer Timothy O'Heir, musical supervisor Ethan Popp, projection designer Benjamin Pearcy and vocal supervisor Liz Caplan. Casting is by James Calleri. 

Adams and Potter were both part of the original 1998 Off-Broadway creative team of Hedwig. Sound designer O'Heir worked on the 2001 film adaptation.

Members of the Angry Inch include musical director Craig (guitar and keyboards), Matt Duncan (bass), Tim Mislock (guitar) and Peter Yanowitz (drums).

The dramatic musical comedy began Off Off-Broadway at Westbeth and then ran over two years at the Jane Street Theatre beginning in February 1998. Hedwig and the Angry Inch won the Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Off-Broadway Musical, and both John Cameron Mitchell and Stephen Trask won Obies. Hedwig and the Angry Inch won a 1998 New York Magazine Award and Entertainment Weekly's "Soundtrack of the Year" Award.

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, Eric Schnall and The Shubert Organization. 101 Productions, Ltd are the executive producers.

The Belasco Theatre Box Office is located at 111 West 44th Street. Tickets are also available by calling (212) 239-6200 or visiting Telecharge.com.

For more information, visit HedwigBroadway.com.

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