Film star and former Brat Packer Ally Sheedy is being considered for the title role in the Off-Broadway musical Hedwig and the Angry Inch, according to a report in the New York Post.
"It's definitely something that's being discussed," said a show spokesperson.
To date, only male actors have filled the role of the transsexual German American singer Hedwig: the show's creator John Cameron Mitchell and current star Michael Cerveris. Cerveris is due to leave the production in mid-August.
Sheedy starred in such mid-80s teen comedies as "The Breakfast Club" and "St. Elmo's Fire." Her career was long on the down side, however, when the 1998 art film "High Art" brought her back into the public eye. In that movie, Sheedy played lesbian, drug-addled has-been photographer.
Michael Cerveris took over the lead role in Hedwig and the Angry Inch Jan. 4 and is scheduled to leave Aug. 7. Hedwig was written by its star, Mitchell (book), and Trask (music and lyrics). Cerveris plays the title singer, an obscure and tortured transsexual rock singer, who tells her darkly comic story while ostensibly performing a concert. The Angry Inch, her back-up band, is Trask's rock combo Cheater, a staple at such downtown New York clubs as CBGB's and Mercury Lounge. The musical has been playing at the Jane Street Theatre since Feb. 14, 1998. For tickets call (212) 239-6200.
-- By Robert Simonson