Hedwig Goes Gold: Broadway Hit, With Neil Patrick Harris, Recoups

The Tony Award-winning Broadway production of Hedwig and the Angry Inch, which stars 2014 Tony winner Neil Patrick Harris in the title role, has recouped its initial capitalization investment as of the week ending July 13.

Lena Hall and Neil Patrick Harris
Lena Hall and Neil Patrick Harris (Photo by Joan Marcus)

"Well, I guess New York loves Ms. Hedwig!" producer David Binder said in a statement. "Our girl is feeling it now! All of us at the Belasco Theatre couldn't be more thrilled. We're so grateful to all the folks who have turned out and we're especially thankful to all the fans that have flown in from around the world to join our celebration on 44th street. It has been an incredible journey."

A long-term charitable partnership between the Broadway production of the musical and Hetrick-Martin Institute (HMI), the nation's oldest and largest organization helping gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) youth to reach their full potential, was announced in March. In a private reception at the Belasco Theatre in June, the production presented a check for $100,000 to HMI. This first disbursement from Hedwig and the Angry Inch is part of the ongoing partnership with HMI. Read Playbill.com's interview with with Thomas Krever, CEO of the Hetrick-Martin Institute, here

The Broadway premiere of the cult rock musical began previews March 29 at the Belasco Theatre, prior to an official opening April 22. 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

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. 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. 

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

The Broadway cast recording of the production was released digitally June 12.

Read Playbill.com's track-by-track write up of the cast recording here

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. 

The Hedwig creative team includes scenic designer Julian Crouch, costume designer Arianne Phillips, lighting designer Kevin Adams, hair and makeup designer Mike Potter, sound designer Timothy O'Heir, musical supervisor Ethan Popp, projection designer Benjamin Pearcy and vocal supervisor Liz Caplan. Casting is by James Calleri. 

Adams and Potter were both part of the original 1998 Off-Broadway creative team of Hedwig. Sound designer O'Heir worked on the 2001 film adaptation.

Members of the Angry Inch include musical director Craig (guitar and keyboards), Matt Duncan (bass), Tim Mislock (guitar) and Peter Yanowitz (drums).

Harris has performed on Broadway in Assassins and in the New York Philharmonic production of Company. He has been honored with four Emmy Awards: three for his acclaimed hosting of the Tony Awards and another for his guest-starring role on "Glee." He also served as host and producer of the 61st and 65th Primetime Emmy Awards.

Read Playbill's interview with Neil Patrick Harris here.  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

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.

Watch Neil Patrick Harris perform "Sugar Daddy" at the Tony Awards below.

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.