Wig In a Box! Original Hedwig Wig Now Up for Bidding Through Tits of Clay Pledge Campaign

News   Wig In a Box! Original Hedwig Wig Now Up for Bidding Through Tits of Clay Pledge Campaign Tits of Clay, the band that accompanies the stars of Hedwig and the Angry Inch onstage at the Belasco Theatre, recently launched a PledgeMusic campaign to bring fans an EP of covers and original tunes inspired by their Broadway performance in Hedwig and the Angry Inch.

In return for pre-ordering at various pledge levels, the band is offering mementos, such as disposable cameras filled with personal photos taken in the studio and at their live shows, exclusive access to music and videos and souvenirs from different Hedwig eras and productions.

A single wig designed by Mike Potter (Hedwig wig designer) for the original production is now available on the band’s PledgeMusic page. Made of human hair, designed by Potter for the original Off-Broadway production of Hedwig and the Angry Inch, and set by Perfidia (the wig mistress for the current Broadway production), it is being offered for a single $5,000 pledge.

"Our PledgeMusic campaign has been live for only a few weeks, and we have been so touched by the support from our fans and the Hedwig community," band member Peter Yanowitz said in a statement. "We set out to keep our pledge incentives at reasonable prices to keep them within reach of our fans, but the opportunity to offer such a rare piece of Hedwig history was just too good to pass up! While we know this is an expensive item, we hope it will make one lucky pledger very happy."

"When I put the Angry Inch together for the Broadway production I knew they had to be authentic rock musicians," Hedwig composer, lyricist and co-creator Stephen Trask added. "So when they morphed into Tits of Clay and played that first Rockwood gig — before we even did our first preview — I knew we had accomplished something that would exceed our wildest dreams! As a standalone band the Tits have drawn from the spirit and legacy of Hedwig with an authentic embrace of the heart of our show; it’s been a joy to watch and play with them."

Handpicked by Stephen Trask, who wrote the music and lyrics of Hedwig, members of the band include Justin Craig (guitar and keyboards), Matt Duncan (bass), Tim Mislock (guitar) and Yanowitz (drums). The Broadway premiere of the cult rock musical began previews March 29 at the Belasco Theatre, prior to an official opening April 22. Neil Patrick Harris won the Tony Award for Best Actor in a Musical for his performance as Hedwig. Tony nominee Andrew Rannells (The Book of Mormon, Jersey Boys) currently stars in the title role.

Read Playbill.com's interview with Rannells here.

Hedwig features a book by John Cameron Mitchell and music and lyrics by Trask. The landmark 1998 musical stars Harris as the titular Hedwig, a transgender singer fronting a fictional rock-n-roll band. 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, co-stars with Harris as Yitzhak.

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.

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.

Read Playbill's interview with John Cameron Mitchell here.

Visit pledgemusic.com/projects/titsofclay for more information.

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