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John Cameron Mitchell to play Hedwig on Broadway

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HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH
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John Cameron Mitchell, who co-created Hedwig and the Angry Inch, will play the “internationally ignored song stylist” once again on Broadway. 

Mitchell is slated to begin his eight-week engagement as Hedwig January 21. The actor-director-writer hasn’t appeared on the New York stage since he played the rocker in the show’s 1998 Off-Broadway debut—a run which earned him an Obie.

“I am in equal parts thrilled and terrified to be returning to Hedwig,” Mitchell said in a statement. “15 years ago she kicked my butt so hard that I quit acting. But like an expertlly face-lifted ex-wife, she’s lured me back. The killer new work by Neil Patrick Harris, Andrew Rannells, and Michael C. Hall have left much larger pumps to fill. Here’s hoping I don’t need a walker by the end of the run.”

Mitchell wrote the book for the show, which features music and lyrics by Stephen Trask. The Broadway production, which originally starred Harris, won four Tony awards including Best Revival of a Musical.

Want to see what he can do? Watch Mitchell perform the number “Wig in a Box” in the 2001 film, which he also dircted: