By Brandon Voss
Originally published on Advocate.com March 27 2014 5:12 PM ET
Producers of Hedwig and the Angry Inch on Broadway 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."
Hedwig and the Angry Inch begins preview performances Saturday and opens April 22 at the Belasco Theatre with How I Met Your Mother's Neil Patrick Harris starring as Hedwig, a fictional East German rock singer living as a female after a botched gender-reassignment operation.
The musical will donate a portion from each ticket sale to Hetrick-Martin Institute, home of the Harvey Milk High School, a New York City public transfer school where at-risk youth can learn without fear of physical or emotional attacks. According to a press release, the partnership "will also utilize the resources of the production, including representatives from the show meeting with young people in an educational and mentoring capacity, and additional fundraising support."
"Hetrick-Martin Institute has always been a part of Hedwig's DNA and I’m thrilled HMI is able to join Hedwig on her journey to Broadway," writes producer David Binder in a statement. "Our cast, creative team, and my fellow producers have been overwhelming in their support of this initiative benefiting this inspiring and incredibly important organization."
Hetrick-Martin Institute CEO Thomas Krever adds, "HMI is deeply grateful to Neil Patrick Harris and the entire Hedwig and the Angry Inch production team for partnering with HMI to help us provide life-changing programs to LGBTQ youth. Hedwig's message of being proud of who you are resonates deeply with the thousands of youth we serve each year."
Hedwig's relationship with Hetrick-Martin Institute began with the 2003 tribute album Wig in a Box: Songs From and Inspired by Hedwig and The Angry Inch, which benefited HMI, and the 2006 film Follow My Voice, a documentary about the Harvey Milk High School and the making of Wig in a Box.
For more information on the charitable partnership, visit HedwigBroadway.com/HMI.