The podcast streaming service Luminary has set an April 23 premiere for the first season of John Cameron Mitchell’s music-driven podcast anthology Anthem: Homunculus produced by Topic. The Hedwig creator and star appears in a cast that also features Tony Award winners Glenn Close, Cynthia Erivo, Patti LuPone, Denis O’Hare, and James Monroe Iglehart.
Each season will pair up a new team of writers—a songwriter and a storyteller—for each 10-episode story in the anthology. Homunculus features a story by Mitchell, who co-wrote songs with composer Bryan Weller.
Ghostlight Records has also announced plans to release the show’s soundtrack
The cast of Anthem: Homunculus also features South African singer/songwriter Nakhane, Laurie Anderson, Simone, Christopher Hanke, Ben Foster, Madeline Brewer, Justin Vivian Bond, and Bridget Everett.
In Homunculus, “a broke, solitary, and bitterly funny shut-in, Ceann Mackay, launches the world’s first online radio ‘tumor telethon’ to raise money to remove his brain tumor. Our audience is taken on a darkly hilarious journey of his life story through flashback and song, until sudden fame arrives when he realizes the thing that is killing him may be the very thing that’ll save us all.”