Hedwig and the Angry Inch creator and star John Cameron Mitchell has revealed details on his latest project: a narrative musical podcast series titled Anthem, which will pair up a new team of writers—a songwriter and a storyteller—for each 10-episode story in the anthology.
Mitchell is currently in production on the series, which will debut later this year. Anthem will focus on unique American stories from neglected corners of the country.
“I’m using everything I’ve learned in my life on this project,” Mitchell tells Playbill. “Talking about God and death and loss and love. All the characters in my family are in it. I don’t care if this is the only incarnation of it. I want to make this the best narrative musical podcast you’ve ever experienced.”
The series, produced by Topic Studios, will launch with Anthem: Homunculus, written and directed by Mitchell and composer Bryan Weller. Told in ten 30-minute episodes, the season will also feature more than 30 songs by the two, who also collaborated on the original tunes featured in Mitchell’s upcoming film How to Talk to Girls at Parties.
Mitchell will co-star in the first season alongside Tony-winning The Color Purple star Cynthia Erivo, fellow Tony winners Patti LuPone, Glenn Close, Denis O'Hare, and James Monroe Iglehart, South African singer/songwriter Nakhane, Laurie Anderson, Simone, Christopher Hanke, Ben Foster, Madeline Brewer, Justin Vivian Bond, and Bridget Everett.