John Cameron Mitchell and Stephen Trask’s “Hedwig & the Angry Inch” is heading to Broadway this fall.
Nearly a decade after JCM adapted his off-Broadway musical for the big screen (the film won the audience award at Sundance in 2001), he’s planning to reprise his role as the German transgender rocker in a new edition of the show in New York’s theater district.
“I haven’t acted since I did the movie,” he told the New York Post today. “The role is so hard and so challenging that it made me give up acting and concentrate on writing and directing. It’s like Hamlet. Except that Hamlet doesn’t have to sing 15 great songs. In a dress.”
Reached by email this afternoon Mitchell told indieWIRE that he’s currently looking for a Broadway venue for the return. David Binder, producer of the off-Broadway show, is on board with the show’s original director, Peter Askin.
Meanwhile, Mitchell is currently working on “Rabbit Hole,” his latest feature film, starring Nicole Kidman and Aaron Eckhart. Its based on David Lindsay-Abaire’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play and is on indieWIRE’s Cannes 2010 wish list. The film isn’t finished yet, so we didn’t ask him if it will debut in May in France… But, we’ll know for sure when the Cannes lineup is announced in two weeks. [Eugene Hernandez]
John Cameron Mitchell as “Hedwig” in the movie version of his musical. Image originally courtesy Fine Line Features.