Hedwig and the Angry Inch Cast Album Comes Early
When Hedwig wins, we all win. Atlantic Records will release the original Hedwig and the Angry Inch Broadway cast recording tomorrow digitally.
The label bumped up the previously announced July 1 digital release following the production's major victories Sunday at the 68th annual Tony Awards. As planned, a physical album will be available July 15 in stores.
The Broadway premiere of John Cameron Mitchell and Stephen Trask's 1998 cult rock musical, which edged out Les Misérables and Violet to win Best Revival of a Musical, opened April 22 and is scheduled to run through August 17 at the Belasco Theatre.
Harris, a recent Out cover boy, won the Tony for Best Actor in a Musical for his role as Hedwig, a fictional East German singer and "slip of a girly boy" living as a female after botched gender-reassignment surgery. Lena Hall also earned the Tony for Best Featured Actress in a Musical as Yitzhak, Hedwig's husband and backup singer, who's desperate to unleash his inner drag diva. Watch their acceptance speeches here.
"Anyone who has spent more than five minutes with me in the last three months knows how excited I am by the new versions of these songs," said Trask, Hedwig's composer and album producer, in a previous statement. "The talents of Neil and Lena and this amazing f*cking band have made these the best version of the score ever." The release arrives 15 years after Atlantic released the cast recording for the original Off-Broadway production.
Hedwig producers have announced a charitable partnership with Hetrick-Martin Institute, "the nation's oldest and largest organization helping gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and questioning youth to reach their full potential."
For tickets and more information visit hedwigbroadway.com.