EXCLUSIVE: Watch Lena Hall's Unbelievable (and Tony-Winning) Transformation Into Hedwig's Yitzhak

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24 Jul 2014

Lena Hall recently took home a Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Musical (she keeps it on her fireplace mantle) for her turn as the gender-bending Yitzhak in Hedwig and the Angry Inch.

Read Playbill.com's Brief Encounter with Lena Hall here.

Playbill got an exclusive dressing-room look as Hall readied for a performance and transformed from real-life rocker chick (she fronts the loud and grungy band The Deafening) to a very convincing rocker dude.

 

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The Broadway premiere of the cult rock musical began previews March 29 at the Belasco Theatre, prior to an official opening April 22, starring Neil Patrick Harris in the title role. Tony winner Harris will continue with the production through Aug. 17; Tony nominee Andrew Rannells (The Book of Mormon, Jersey Boys) will star in the musical beginning Aug. 20. He is contracted for eight weeks.

Read Playbill.com's interview with Rannells here and see Hedwig's sexy new artwork previewing Rannells in the title role

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

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. 

David 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.

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.