Hedwig and the Angry Inch, the hit Off- Broadway musical about a trans-sexual rock star trying to make a comeback, is coming to L.A. Canon Theatricals will produce the show locally, but not at its home base in Beverly Hills, the Canon Theatre. Instead, the musical will be booked into the Henry Fonda Theatre in Hollywood. The opening is scheduled for Halloween.
"Hollywood is a better place for the show" said CT's partner Susan Dietz in a statement. "Thanks to redevelopment, such as the opening of the Vine Street subway station near the Pantages Theatre, that part of Hollywood is really happening now."
A decade ago, Dietz tried to make a go of mid-sized theatre in Hollywood at the Las Palmas, but the venture flopped. The Las Palmas is now a dance club.
Hedwig will use only 499 of the Fonda's 863 seats. The balcony will be roped off, as will four rows in the rear of the orchestra. This will allow the company to operate within the boundaries of an Actors' Equity contract for mid-sized productions, although Dietz said that the decision was as much aesthetic as economic. "There are only two characters [plus a band] in the show and that calls for intimacy," she said.
The producers of the New York production of Hedwig recently announced that film actress Ally Sheedy would step into the title role in mid-September, making her the first female to play the part. -- By Willard Manus
Southern California Correspondent