Hedwig and the Angry Inch Recoups Investment
Thanks, sugar daddies!
Broadway's Hedwig and the Angry Inch has recouped its initial capitalization investment, which was about $5 million, as of last week, according to The New York Times. The Tony Award-winning musical has turned a profit in just 15 weeks.
"Well, I guess New York loves Ms. Hedwig!" said producer David Binder in a statement. "Our girl is feeling it now! All of us at the Belasco Theatre couldn't be more thrilled. We're so grateful to all the folks who have turned out and we're especially thankful to all the fans that have flown in from around the world to join our celebration on 44th Street. It has been an incredible journey."
The Broadway premiere of John Cameron Mitchell and Stephen Trask's 1998 cult rock musical, which won the Tony for Best Revival of a Musical, began previews March 29 and opened April 22 at the Belasco Theatre. The original cast recording is now available.
Neil Patrick Harris 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.
Harris will continue with the production through August 17. Girls star Andrew Rannells, a Tony nominee for his work in The Book of Mormon, will slip on Hedwig's wigs August 20 for a limited eight-week run.
Hedwig producers have partnered with the 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.