BWW Exclusive: The Life and Times of HEDWIG
AND THE ANGRY INCH
July 23, 2017ORIGINAL BROADWAY PRODUCTION
[Neil Patrick] Harris, who stayed in the production until August 17, 2014, won the 2014 Tony Award for Best Leading Actor in a Musical, and was followed by Andrew Rannells, who had played the role years before in a regional production. Hedwig
was then played by Michael C. Hall, original creator John Cameron Mitchell, Darren Criss
, and Taye Diggs. The role of Hedwig
did not have an understudy.
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Following the closing night was a previously-scheduled gig by the Tits of Clay. Much of the audience for the final performance went to their show afterwards, which featured surprise performances by Lena Hall, Rebecca Naomi Jones, Darren Criss,
Shannon Conley, and Michael C. Hall.FIRST NATIONAL TOUR
The national tour of the 2014 Broadway production launched at San Francisco's Golden Gate Theatre on October 4, 2016. It initially starred Broadway Hedwig Darren Criss
and Tony-winning Yitzhak, Lena Hall. Both are Bay-area natives, so the extended tour-stop was a bit of a homecoming.
Darren Criss as Hedwig, Lena Hall as Yitzhak, and
the Tits of Clay band in LA. Photo by Chelsea Lauren.
. . . [Lena] Hall and [Darren] Criss left the production together on November 27, 2016, after the show's stop in San Diego.
I was lucky enough to see both Criss and Hall in the role, having missed Criss on Broadway - several friends and I travelled to San Francisco for five days, seeing the show three times. We ran into several other fans who were doing the same thing, proving that even though the show had closed, many of the fans were still in love with it and willing to travel to see it even one more time.
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The production was nominated for two Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Awards for the performances of Criss and Hall.
Banner Image: Photo by Joan Marcus. Darren Criss as Hedwig.