Dallas — Euan Morton, who was Tony- and Olivier Award-nominated for playing Boy George in Taboo, is taking over the role of Hedwig in the national tour of Hedwig and the Angry Inch. That includes a weeklong stop in Dallas, Feb. 7-12, 2017 at the Winspear Opera House on the AT&T Performing Arts Center's Broadway Series. Hannah Corneau will play Yitzhak.
The national tour of the Tony-winning 2014 revival on Broadway opened a few weeks ago in San Francisco, with Darren Criss playing Hedwig for the first several cities. As of Nov. 29, that switches to Morton.
Hedwig and the Angry Inch, a brilliant glam-rock musical about an East German genderqueer performer who comes to America to be a rock star and find her other half, premiered off-Broadway in 1998, starring John Cameron Mitchell, who had been developing the show with composer Stephen Trask in drag clubs for years. In the 2014 Broadway revival, Neil Patrick Harris won a Best Actor Tony for the role, and Mitchell and Trask received special Tonys.
Heads up: No details yet, but look out for an announcement of an Industry Night, with special prizes, party and more, co-presented by ATTPAC and TheaterJones. And in case you haven't heard, we're doing an Industry Night with the upcoming tour of The Book of Mormon, on Dec. 27. You can get info here, and look for more details to come.
Here's the complete press release about Morton and Corneau taking over the lead roles in the tour of Hedwig:
Tony and Olivier Award-nominated Euan Morton will take over the role of Hedwig, and Hannah Corneau will play Yitzhak in the National Tour of Hedwig and the Angry Inch, the 2014 Tony Award-winning Best Musical Revival, starting Nov. 29 at the Civic Theatre in San Diego.
Following the one-week engagement in San Diego, the National Tour of Hedwig and the Angry Inch will then continue to play major cities across North America through July 2017 with Morton and Corneau. For a complete list of tour cities, click here.
Euan Morton originated the role of Boy George in the musical Taboo in London and New York, garnering Tony and Olivier Award nominations and receiving the Theatre World Award for Outstanding Broadway Debut. Hedwig and the Angry co-creator Stephen Trask gushes about why Euan is the perfect choice to fill Hedwig’s golden boots: “Euan’s Hedwig is going to be so exquisitely beautiful and archingly heartbreaking. What an emotional powerhouse. He is otherworldly.”
Morton is equally thrilled to play Hedwig: “I have been blessed in my career, but no blessing has been as exciting as the chance I've been given to take over the role of Hedwig. Joining the cast is the kind of challenge that an actor dreams of. I can't wait to slip into her golden boots and begin the transformation to cultural icon! And I'm so much better looking with sparkling eyes and a caking of LaVern Baker! All the more thrilling is that I'll have the honor of taking darling Hedwig all over the country. I'm ready for the ride of my life; I hope America is ready for her ride too.”
Hannah Corneau, who will play Yitzhak, is making her Broadway National Touring debut. About the casting of Corneau, director Michael Mayer enthused, “Hannah is a force of nature, and I'm really excited to unleash her on the country.”
The members of Hedwig’s band “The Angry Inch” -- aka “Tits of Clay” – are music director Justin Craig (guitar and keyboards), Matt Duncan (bass), Tim Mislock (guitar), and Peter Yanowitz (drums), all of whom originated their roles on Broadway and launched the National Tour in San Francisco last week.
Rounding out the company are Mason Alexander Park (Standby for Hedwig), Shannon Conley (Standby for Yitzhak), Dylan Fusillo (Standby for Schlatko) and Matt Katz-Bohen (Standby for Skszp, Jacek and Krzyzhtoff).
Brilliantly innovative, heartbreaking, and wickedly funny, Hedwig and the Angry Inch is the landmark musical by John Cameron Mitchell and Stephen Trask that is “groundbreaking and undoubtedly ahead of its time” (Entertainment Weekly). This genre-bending, fourth-wall-smashing musical sensation, with a pulsing score and electrifying performances, tells the story of one of the most unique characters to ever hit the stage. “Internationally ignored song stylist” Hedwig Robinson is out to set the record straight about her life, her loves, and the botched operation that left her with that “angry inch.”
Directed by Tony Award-winner Michael Mayer (Spring Awakening, American Idiot) and winner of four 2014 Tony Awards, Hedwig and the Angry Inch played to record-breaking sell-out crowds on Broadway and promises to take North America by storm with what Time Magazine proclaims is “the most exciting rock score written for the theatre since, oh, ever!
David Binder, who first produced Hedwig and the Angry Inch in 1997, and the Tony Award-winning Broadway production, is producing the National Tour with Barbara Whitman, Paula Marie Black, Latitude Link, Raise the Roof, Ah, Broadway, Ruth Hendel, Just for Laughs Theatricals, Sharon Karmazin, Heni Koenigsberg, Stacey Mindich, Eric Schnall, Jayne Baron Sherman, Cassandra Doved Simon, Starry Night Entertainment and The Shubert Organization. 101 Productions, Ltd are the executive producers.
Hedwig and the Angry Inch was originally produced Off-Off-Broadway at Westbeth and then, under the direction of Peter Askin, ran over two years at the Jane Street Theatre beginning in February 1998. The musical won the Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Off-Broadway Musical and both John Cameron Mitchell and Stephen Trask won Obies in 2001. It won a 1998 New York Magazine Award and Entertainment Weekly’s “Soundtrack of the Year” Award. Time Magazine named Hedwig the Top Musical of 1998.
The film of Hedwig and the Angry Inch, directed by John Cameron Mitchell, won the Audience Award and Best Director Awards at Sundance. Mitchell won the Best New Director from the National Board of Review, the Gotham Awards, and the LA Critics Society. Stage productions have played for many years in Japan and in 2008, Korea hosted a popular televised reality show about the search for a new star to play Hedwig.
The creative team for Hedwig and The Angry Inch features Emmy Award nominee Spencer Liff (musical staging), Tony Award nominee and Drama Desk Award winner Julian Crouch (scenic design), Tony Award and two-time Oscar nominee Arianne Phillips (costume design), four-time Tony Award winner Kevin Adams (lighting design), Mike Potter (hair and makeup design), Tony Award nominee and platinum-selling record producer Tim O’Heir (sound design), Benjamin Pearcy for 59 Productions (projection design), John Bair/Phosphene (animation), James Calleri (casting), Tony and Grammy Award nominee Ethan Popp (music supervisor & music coordinator), Justin Craig (music director), Stephen Gabis (dialect coach) and Johanna McKeon (associate director).
The Tony Award-winning, record-breaking production of Hedwig and the Angry Inch ran for over 500 performances at the Belasco Theatre on Broadway.
The Grammy nominated Original Broadway Cast Album for Hedwig and the Angry Inch is available from Atlantic Records.