Get it? Hed-ing? In a story about Hedwig and the Angry Inch? It’s a pun, A PUN! Carrie Sadshaw would be so proud! And I probably should have switched to decaf before writing about this glorious news! Seriously, it’s hard to type when your eyeballs won’t stop vibrating on account of those few too many cups of coffee and and the rush of adrenaline brought about by PURE EXCITEMENT, but I digress.
The New York Post is reporting that Hedwig and the Angry Inch will be coming to Broadway this fall with all of its principal artistic forces intact. John Cameron Mitchell will be reprising the role of everybody’s favorite botched-job transexual rocker, and Steven Trask will be adding additional songs and musical material. Added to that, David Binder and Peter Askin will be returning as producer and director, respectively.
In related news brought to you first by me, thousands upon thousands of gay men and fag hags the world over are making this face right now. Understandably so, theater queens and the ladies who love them, but let’s all simmer down. There’s more to the Post‘s story, and this part is particularly intriguing:
“The main thing we’ve learned about this show,” says Binder, “is that it has to take place in the theater it’s in at the moment. If it’s a dive, the show has to be set in a dive. If it’s in a Broadway theater, it’s going to be set in a Broadway theater.”
One thought is to fashion a story line that has Hedwig playing a one-night-only gig at a Broadway house. The previous show hasn’t moved out yet, so Hedwig is scrambling around an old set.
“Before the recession started, when ‘Rent’ was closing, we thought it would fun to do the show at the Nederlander, using whatever remained of the ‘Rent’ set,” says Mitchell. “Hedwig is a hermit crab. Wherever we end up, we’ll adapt the design of the show to the theater.”
I recognize that the Hedwig revival is months away from opening, so there’s plenty of time for the production to go in a different direction, but this particular vision for the Broadway production sounds ingenious. After all, the only performance space more rock and roll for an East Berlin transexual punk rock star than a shut-down Broadway house is an up-and-running Bilgewater’s. Seriously, my venue suggestions are either the Hilton Theater (which would probably make for an amazing show because of the partially built sets of Spider-When?-Man: Turn off the Dark) or the Red Lobster in Times Square (which would definitely make for an amazing show because of the cheddar biscuits), but I’m not going to be picky with this one. Anywhere, and I mean ANYWHWERE, will do.
Now if you’ll excuse me, I think I need to go calm my ass down and take a nap with the Hedwig teddy bear:
Thanks to Mark for the exceptional news.