By Brandon Voss
Originally published on Advocate.com May 30 2014 10:50 AM ET
Can't escape your wicked little town to see Hedwig and the Angry Inch in New York City? Neil Patrick Harris is coming to you this summer.
Atlantic Records will release the original Hedwig Broadway cast recording July 1 digitally and July 15 in stores.
The Tony-nominated revival of John Cameron Mitchell and Stephen Trask's cult rock musical opened April 22 at the Belasco Theatre with Harris, a recent Out cover boy, starring as Hedwig, a fictional East German singer and "slip of a girly boy" living as a female after botched gender-reassignment surgery. Lena Hall costars as Yitzhak, Hedwig's husband and backup singer, who's desperate to unleash his inner drag diva.
"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," says Trask, Hedwig's composer and album producer, in a 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 1999 Off-Broadway production.
Harris, who is nominated for Best Actor in a Musical, is scheduled to perform on the 68th annual Tony Awards, which will be broadcast live June 8 on CBS. Hedwig's eight nods also include recognition for out director Michael Mayer and for supporting actress Hall.
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.