NYC: Neil Patrick Harris To Reprise “Hedwig” At Revived WIGSTOCK

Tony Award winner Neil Patrick Harris, husband David Burtka and the iconic Lady Bunny are bringing WIGSTOCK back to New York City on Saturday, September 1.
Neil Patrick Harris in his Tony Award-winning role as “Hedwig”

For 18 years, from 1985 to 2003, WIGSTOCK celebrated drag culture in fabulous style.

And now, Tony Award winner Neil Patrick Harris, husband David Burtka and the iconic Lady Bunny are bringing WIGSTOCK back to New York City on Saturday, September 1.

The day-long drag festival will take place at the fab new Pier 17 Rooftop in New York City’s Seaport District beginning at 2PM and continuing on until 10PM.

In an Instagram video, Harris announced he will be reprising his 2014 Tony Award winning role of “Hedwig” from Hedwig and the Angry Inch.

Also schedule to appear are Broadway performers Alex Newell (Once On This Island), Peppermint (Head Over Heels), as well as Justin Vivian Bond, Lypsinka, Taylor Mac, and Varla Jean Merman.

Plus, a veritable universe of drag performers including RuPaul’s Drag Race alumni Alaska Thunderfuck, Bianca Del Rio, Bob the Drag Queen, Jinkx Monsoon, Willam and many, many more.

For more info and to purchase tickets, click here.

A portion of the proceeds will benefit Gay Men’s Health Crisis.

Check out Neil Patrick Harris’ announcement video below with his adorable son who reminds Neil that there will be “wig cannons” which will shoot wigs at the crowd so all can dress up. #LOL

Taye Diggs To Star In Broadway’s “Hedwig And The Angry Inch”

Playbill is reporting that Taye Diggs, best known for his roles in Rent, “The Good Wife” and “Murder in the First,” will take over the title role in the Tony-winning revival of Hedwig and the Angry Inch on July 22nd, succeeding GLEE’s Darren Criss. Diggs will star in the hit musical for a limited 12 week run.

Currently starring in the TV show “Murder in the First,” Diggs has previously appeared on the Great White Way in Carousel, Rent, Chicago and Wicked.

He has appeared on the TV shows “Ally McBeal,” “Will & Grace,” “Grey’s Anatomy,” “Private Practice” and “The Good Wife” as well as in the musical movies “Chicago” and “Rent.”

Previous Hedwigs on Broadway include Darren Criss, John Cameron Mitchell, Michael C Hall, Andrew Rannells and Neil Patrick Harris.

Hedwig marks Diggs’ return to Broadway after a 12 year absence.

Darren Criss Is Ready For His ‘Hedwig’ Close-Up

Former GLEE star tweeted out the first look at his “Hedwig” for his upcoming three month run on the Great White Way in HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH.

Criss follows John Cameron Mitchell, the Tony Award-winning Neil Patrick Harris, Michael Patrick Hall and Andrew Rannells in the role.

Criss made his Broadway debut during a vacation run in the recent revival of HOW TO SUCCEED IN BUSINESS…

He appears in the hit musical from April 29 – July 19.

Darren Criss To Star In Broadway’s Hedwig And The Angry Inch

GLEE’s Darren Criss to star on Broadway in Hedwig and the Angry Inch

 GLEE star Darren Criss has stepped up to be the next actor to star in the Tony Award-winning Broadway production of Hedwig and the Angry Inch.

Beginning April 29 for a 12-week limited engagement at the Belasco Theatre, Criss will succeed Hedwig co-creator and original Off-Broadway star John Cameron Mitchell in the lead role of an East German transgender rocker.

Book writer John Cameron Mitchell said, “I’ve got a grin plastered on my face that Darren is joining the brotherhood of Hedwigs. I LOVED him in How to Succeed. His stage presence is electrifying, his rock and roll credentials and comic timing impeccable and I’m thrilled to be working with him to create a brand-new Hedwig!”

This is Criss’ second run on the Great White Way.  In 2012 Criss took over the lead in the Broadway revival of How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying for three sold-out weeks, which brought in over $4 million at the box office.

John Cameron Mitchell To Return To “Hedwig and the Angry Inch”

Beginning January 21, 2015, John Cameron Mitchell will return to “Hedwig and the Angy Inch” on Broadway for eight weeks.

Mitchell created the role back in the 1990s off-Broadway at the Jane Street Theatre. The current production on Broadway won Tony Awards for Neil Patrick Harris for “Best Actor in a Musical” and Best Revival.

From the New York Times:

“I’m having fun going through the old show in my mind and thinking about throwing in more ad-libs and rock ’n’ roll like we did downtown,” Mr. Mitchell said in a telephone interview, recalling the original runs of “Hedwig” at the Westbeth Theater and Jane Street Theater, where he sometimes performed laying on stage when he was tired or while he was in the bathroom offstage.

“I think it will be more frayed,” Mr. Mitchell said of the way his performance might differ from Neil Patrick Harris’s, who originated the role on Broadway last spring and earned a Tony Award for best actor. “We’ve all changed in the last 25 years. I’ve lost friends who were originally involved with the show. I originally wrote the role to release anger and grief – I’m generally a pretty quiet person – and I haven’t experienced a lot of emotion in that same way in a while. I think I’ll even surprise myself as people come to mind while I’m performing.”

Since Harris’ departure Andrew Rannells and Michael C. Hall have performed the lead role in the revival.

Michael C. Hall will take on “Hedwig and the Angry Inch” starting October 16

Michael C. Hall in Cabaret

Michael C. Hall, of Dexter TV fame, will go from TVmurderer to glitter-bedazzled drag on October 16th when he takes over the title role of the hit Broadway production “Hedwig and the Angry Inch.”

Currently starring Andrew Rannells (of The Book of Mormon and Girls), the role earned several Tony Awards this past season including Best Actor in a Musical for out actor Neil Patrick Harris.

Hall has appeared on Broadway before in Cabaret, Chicago, and last season’s The Realistic Joneses.


Broadway’s “Hedwig and the Angry Inch” recoups in 15 weeks

Broadway’s “Hedwig and the Angry Inch” has recouped it’s initial investment in only three months since opening at the Belasco Theater, thanks in great part to the star-power of Neil Patrick Harris.

The New York Times has the details:

The producers announced on Tuesday that “Hedwig,” a concertlike show about a transgender rock musician from East Berlin, had recouped its capitalization, which was about $5 million, according to investment papers.

The show has elevated Mr. Harris (best known from CBS’s “How I Met Your Mother”) into Broadway’s newest box office star: The average paid admission to “Hedwig” last week was $148.66, the fourth-highest on Broadway, and the show managed to recoup swiftly even though it’s only holding seven performances a week, instead of the usual eight, because of the score’s demands on Mr. Harris.

Harris won the Tony Award this year for “Best Actor in a Musical” for his performance.

Next up – Andrew Rannells (“Book of Mormon,” HBO’s “Girls”) takes over the lead role as Harris departs on August 17th.  We’ll see then if Harris was the draw, or the show itself…