The national tour of the Tony-winning Best Musical Revival Hedwig and the Angry Inch welcomes two new stars November 29 as it begins performances at San Diego's Civic Theatre: Tony and Olivier Award-nominated Euan Morton takes over the role of Hedwig, and Hannah Corneau plays Yitzhak. The musical's national tour launched October 2 at the SHN Golden Gate Theatre in San Francisco featuring Darren Criss in the title role with Lena Hall, who won a Tony Award in the Broadway debut of Hedwig, reprising her work as Yitzhak (Hall also played the title role one performance a week).
Following the one-week engagement in San Diego, the tour will play major cities across North America through July 2017 with Morton and Corneau. For a complete list of tour cities, click here.
Morton originated the role of Boy George in the musical Taboo in London and New York, garnering Tony and Olivier Award nominations and receiving the Theatre World Award for Outstanding Broadway Debut.
Hedwig co-creator Stephen Trask said in a recent statement, “Euan’s Hedwig is going to be so exquisitely beautiful and achingly heartbreaking. What an emotional powerhouse. He is otherworldly.”
Morton added, “I have been blessed in my career, but no blessing has been as exciting as the chance I've been given to take over the role of Hedwig. Joining the cast is the kind of challenge that an actor dreams of. I can't wait to slip into her golden boots and begin the transformation to cultural icon! And I'm so much better looking with sparkling eyes and a caking of LaVern Baker! All the more thrilling is that I'll have the honor of taking darling Hedwig all over the country. I'm ready for the ride of my life; I hope America is ready for her ride, too.”
Corneau is making her Broadway national touring debut. About the casting of Corneau, director Michael Mayer said, “Hannah is a force of nature, and I'm really excited to unleash her on the country.”
The members of Hedwig’s band “The Angry Inch”—a.k.a. “Tits of Clay”—are music director Justin Craig (guitar and keyboards), Matt Duncan (bass), Tim Mislock (guitar) and Peter Yanowitz (drums), all of whom originated their roles on Broadway.
Rounding out the company are Mason Alexander Park (Standby for Hedwig), Shannon Conley (Standby for Yitzhak), Dylan Fusillo (Standby for Schlatko) and Matt Katz-Bohen (Standby for Skszp, Jacek and Krzyzhtoff).
Hedwig features a book by John Cameron Mitchell and music and lyrics by Stephen Trask. The Broadway premiere of the cult rock musical began previews March 29, 2014, at the Belasco, prior to an official opening April 22 with Neil Patrick Harris in the title role. During the show's 507-performance run, the title role was played by Andrew Rannells, Michael C. Hall, John Cameron Mitchell, Criss and Taye Diggs. The production closed September 13, 2015.
Mitchell starred in the original Off-Broadway production of Hedwig as the "internationally ignored" East German singer fronting a fictional rock-n-roll band at the Jane Street Theatre, earning an Obie Award and an Outer Critics Circle nomination. He also starred as Hedwig in a 2001 film version he directed.
Harris and co-star Lena Hall won 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. 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 Mitchell and Trask won Obies.
Directed by Tony Award winner Mayer (Spring Awakening), the creative team also features Emmy Award nominee Spencer Liff (musical staging), Tony Award nominee and Drama Desk Award winner Julian Crouch (scenic design), Tony Award and two-time Oscar nominee Arianne Phillips (costume design), four-time Tony Award winner Kevin Adams (lighting design), Mike Potter (hair and makeup design), Tony Award nominee and platinum-selling record producer Tim O’Heir (sound design), Benjamin Pearcy for 59 Productions (projection design), John Bair/Phosphene (animation), James Calleri (casting), Tony and Grammy Award nominee Ethan Popp (music supervisor & music coordinator), Justin Craig (music director), Stephen Gabis (dialect coach) and Johanna McKeon (associate director).
David Binder, who first produced Hedwig and the Angry Inch in 1997, and the Tony Award-winning Broadway production, is producing the national tour with Barbara Whitman, Paula Marie Black, Latitude Link, Raise the Roof, Ah, Broadway, Ruth Hendel, Just for Laughs Theatricals, Sharon Karmazin, Heni Koenigsberg, Stacey Mindich, Eric Schnall, Jayne Baron Sherman, Cassandra Doved Simon, Starry Night Entertainment and The Shubert Organization. 101 Productions, Ltd are the executive producers.
For more information visit HedwigTour.com.
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(Updated November 29, 2016)