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Neil Patrick Harris in Title Role of Hedwig

December 10, 2013

Director Michael Mayer Returns to Hedwig.  “I didn’t know exactly what it was, but it was really compelling.”

That was Michael Mayer’s reaction way back in 1995 when John Cameron Mitchell, a young actor with whom he had recently worked, showed Mayer a monologue that he had been writing. It was about a young East German man breaking all the rules as a rock singer after life plunks him down in the middle of Kansas.

That compelling monologue would become Hedwig and the Angry Inch, which is making its eagerly anticipated Broadway debut at the Belasco Theatre on March 29 with Neil Patrick Harris in the title role. And Mayer, the Tony Award®-winning director of Spring Awakening, has had what he calls “a very peculiar relationship” with Hedwig from the very beginning.

Not long after reading that monologue, he helped put together a few one-night presentations of the piece to show potential producers. But when the time finally came for Hedwig to make her way off-Broadway, Mayer was already committed to a Broadway musical that he had co-created.

He had planned to be part of a major off-Broadway revival of the piece with the original cast about six years ago. But now Mayer is instead headed back uptown with the character and her motley crew. Like the rest of his creative team, Mayer says it is his job to make sense of that move on an artistic level.  Read More