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Retro Sundance: 2001's Hedwig and the Angry Inch

2001 was the comeback year for the musical. As the massively-scaled Moulin Rouge was reinventing the genre for the post MTV era, John Cameron Mitchell's Hedwig and the Angry Inch was an unassuming small scale success that didn't disappoint its cult following from its Off Broadway run and the cult grew rapidly after its Sundance debut. Still a genre anomaly for Sundance, this musical was awarded the Audience Award (Dramatic) and Mitchell won Best Director for his first time behind the camera.

The dramatic Audience Award winners are typically optimistic, but rarely this uniting - Hedwig is a musical that reflects our deepest human needs. Nothing brings together a crowd of strangers like music (or film) we can all connect to and Hedwig's score is packed with emotional insight. Composer Stephen Trask fills the songs with rage, wit, and a hard-won optimism that burns through whatever baggage we as an audience bring to the table.
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'Hedwig and the Angry Inch' Bids Farewell to Broadway

Time to pack away the acid-wash denim and gold go-go boots, and put that wig back in the box. After 76 weeks of sharing the personal tale of her rise to tawdry stardom and self-discovery, the East German transgender rocker who fronts Hedwig and the Angry Inch will give her regards to Broadway for the last time on Sept. 13. Lead producer David Binder on Tuesday announced that the hit musical revival of the cult show by John Cameron Mitchell and Stephen Trask will play its final performance when current star Taye Diggs completes his turn in the title role.

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King of Comedy to become Broadway musical

Creators of Hedwig and the Angry Inch and Rock of Ages will unite for stage version of Martin Scorsese’s dark satire about obsessive fandom

Martin Scorsese’s classic film The King of Comedy is to become a Broadway musical, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

Stephen Trask, who composed the music and wrote lyrics for the stage version of Hedwig and the Angry Inch, will work with Rock of Ages writer Chris D’Arienzo on the project.

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News Bits: Miles, Balls, LeBron, Mothers, King

Miles Ahead

The Film Society of Lincoln Centre have announced today that Don Cheadle's directorial debut "Miles Ahead," a biopic of legendary musician Miles Davis (played by Cheadle), will make its World Premiere as the Closing Night selection of the upcoming 53rd New York Film Festival. Emayatzy Corinealdi and Ewan McGregor also star in the film, and the festival runs September 25th to October 11th. [Source: Deadline]

Balls

Amy Poehler will star in and produce the sports comedy "Balls" for Universal Pictures and Paper Kite Productions. Scott Stuber and Dylan Clark will also produce.

Poehler will play a once-promising basketball coach who is asked to lead an NBA team. Ike Barinholtz will co-write the script with David Stassen and have a supporting role. [Source: Variety]

LeBron James

NBA superstar LeBron James and his SpringHill Entertainment label are partnering with Warner Bros. Entertainment in an agreement covering projects in TV, film and original digital content.
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‘The King of Comedy’ Broadway Musical Adaptation Signs ‘Hedwig & the Angry Inch’ Composer, ‘Rock of Ages’ Writer

  • The Wrap
“Hedwig & The Angry Inch” composer Stephen Trask and “Rock of Ages” writer Chris D’Arienzo have signed on to New Regency’s Broadway musical adaptation of the 1982 film “The King of Comedy.” The original film, directed by Martin Scorsese and starring Robert De Niro and Jerry Lewis, followed a comedian who stalks and kidnaps a late-night talk show host in an attempt to land a TV appearance. The film was produced by New Regency and company founder Arnon Milchan. “We are very excited to have Stephen and Chris on board to bring this classic film, with its quirky characters and contemporary themes surrounding.
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Taye Diggs Begins Performances Tonight in 'Hedwig and the Angry Inch'

Taye Diggs begins performances tonight in "Hedwig and the Angry Inch," the 2014 Tony Award winning Best Musical Revival. Diggs will play the title role for a limited 12-week engagement at Broadway’s Belasco Theatre (111 West 44th Street). "Hedwig" marks Diggs’ first New York stage role since the 2005 revival of "A Soldier’s Play." "Hedwig and the Angry Inch," with book by John Cameron Mitchell and music and lyrics by Stephen Trask, directed by Michael Mayer, also stars Rebecca Naomi Jones as Yitzhak. The production has received rave reviews and is winner of four 2014...
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Martin Scorsese's 'The King of Comedy' Set for Broadway

Martin Scorsese's 'The King of Comedy' Set for Broadway
Martin Scorsese's scabrous showbiz satire "The King of Comedy" is one of the director's oft-unsung masterworks, even if it took a box office hit in 1982. Now, it is getting the Broadway musical treatment. Composer and lyricist Stephen Trask (“Hedwig & The Angry Inch”) and Chris D’Arienzo, book writer of the Tony-nominated jukebox musical “Rock of Ages" (which later became the 2012 film flop) will pen this stage version of the cult classic about a desperate comedian who stalks and kidnaps his idol, a late-night TV host. New Regency, whose founder Arnon Milchan produced the original movie starring Robert De Niro, will back the project. Read More: Weinsteins Think Big: Unload TV Division, Spend on Movies, Take 'Finding Neverland' to Broadway (Trailer) Broadway's Hollywood nostalgia has not always paid off. (This year's Tony Awards, however, gave Hollywood the cold shoulder.) "Spider Man: Turn Off the Dark," Julie Taymor's beleaguered comic book musical,
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Ready For A King Of Comedy Musical?

Ready For A King Of Comedy Musical?
Not every film that crashed and burned at the box office in the 1980s goes on to become a cult hit. But that’s exactly what happened to Martin Scorsese’s The King Of Comedy, which is adding another impressive achievement to its legacy: A Broadway musical. Yes, the story of stage-door autograph hunter and aspiring stand-up comic Rupert Pupkin (Robert De Niro) who sees a chance to make his career dreams come true by kidnapping successful comedian and talk show host Jerry Langford (Jerry Lewis) and holding him until the authorities wrangle him a guest spot in Langford’s TV stage, is headed to the Great White Way.Hedwig And The Angry Inch lyricist Stephen Trask and Rock Of Ages writer Chris D’Arienzo are on hand to adapt Paul Zimmerman’s script, which chronicles Pupkin’s misadventures. There’s no word yet on when it might be making its debut,
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Martin Scorsese’s ‘The King of Comedy’ Getting Broadway Adaptation

Martin Scorsese’s ‘The King of Comedy’ Getting Broadway Adaptation
Rupert Pupkin’s delusions of latenight grandeur will soon be set to music.

Stephen Trask, the composer and lyricist behind “Hedwig & The Angry Inch,” and Chris D’Arienzo, the author of “Rock of Ages,” will adapt “The King of Comedy” for the Broadway stage.

New Regency will back the musical, which draws on Martin Scorsese’s 1983 black comedy of the same name. The company’s founder Arnon Milchan produced the film, which sent up celebrity worship and starred Robert De Niro and Jerry Lewis. It centers on an aspiring comedian who kidnaps a talk show host in the hopes of forcing his way onto television.

The King of Comedy” is a cult classic, but it was a box office disaster in its day, earning only $2.5 million, a fraction of its $19 million cost.

Trask and D’Arienzo are represented by CAA, and Trask is managed by Steven Saporito.
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‘The King Of Comedy’ Broadway Play Nabs Award-Winning Writers

Hedwig & The Angry Inch composer/lyricist Stephen Trask and Rock Of Ages author Chris D'Arienzo have signed on for the Broadway musical adaption of Arnon Milchan's The King Of Comedy for New Regency. The 1982 movie, directed by Martin Scorsese and produced by New Regency, starred Jerry Lewis as a talk show host who is kidnapped by a desperate comedian stalker (Robert De Niro) who wants his own fame. "We are very excited to have Stephen and Chris on board to bring this…
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Taye Diggs Returns to Broadway in 'Hedwig and the Angry Inch' to Play the Title Role

Taye Diggs will return to Broadway this summer in "Hedwig and the Angry Inch," the 2014 Tony Award winning Best Musical Revival. Diggs will play the title role in the acclaimed musical for a limited 12-week engagement starting Wednesday, July 22 at the Belasco Theatre (111 West 44th Street). "Hedwig" will mark Diggs’ first New York stage role since the 2005 revival of "A Soldier’s Play." Darren Criss will play his final performance as Hedwig on Sunday, July 19. "Hedwig and the Angry Inch," with book by John Cameron Mitchell and music and lyrics by Stephen Trask,...
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Tonys: 'Hedwig' Creator John Cameron Mitchell to Receive Special Award

Tonys: 'Hedwig' Creator John Cameron Mitchell to Receive Special Award
John Cameron Mitchell, the co-creator and original star of Hedwig and the Angry Inch; and Stephen Schwartz, the veteran composer behind such iconic musicals as Godspell, Pippin and Wicked, have both been tapped to receive special Tony Awards at the June 7 ceremony. Mitchell will be presented with the 2015 Special Tony Award, fresh off his return to the role of the transgender rocker in the cult musical that he co-wrote with composer-lyricist Stephen Trask. Following in the heels of Neil Patrick Harris, Andrew Rannells and Michael C. Hall, Mitchell played Hedwig in a triumphant three-month

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‘Glee’ Star Darren Criss to Star as Hedwig on Broadway

‘Glee’ Star Darren Criss to Star as Hedwig on Broadway
Prepare to see Darren Criss like you’ve never seen him before.

The Glee actor is set to take over the title role in the current revival of Hedwig and the Angry Inch on Broadway. Criss follows in the footsteps of John Cameron Mitchell -- the creator and originator of the role both Off-Broadway and on film -- as well as Neil Patrick Harris, Girls' Andrew Rannells, and Michael C. Hall (pictured below). The three TV stars all portrayed the East German transgender rocker over the past year.

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Criss, who made his 2012 Broadway debut in How to Succeed in Business without Really Trying, has already garnered the support of Mitchell, who is excited to welcome him to “the brotherhood of Hedwigs.”

Ranked: Darren Criss' 8 Most Amazing 'Glee' Performances

“His stage presence is electrifying, his rock and roll credentials and comic timing impeccable, and I’m thrilled to be working with him
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2015 Grammys winners: The complete list

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2015 Grammys winners: The complete list
Complete list of winners and nominees of the 2014 Grammy Awards, held in Los Angeles at the Staples Center on Sunday February 8. Winners will be updated as they're announced during the telecast and pre-telecast. Record Of The Year “Fancy,” Iggy Azalea Featuring Charli Xcx “Chandelier,” Sia **Winner** “Stay With Me (Darkchild Version),” Sam Smith “Shake It Off,” Taylor Swift “All About That Bass,” Meghan Trainor Album Of The Year **Winner** “Morning Phase,” Beck “Beyoncé,” Beyoncé “X,” Ed Sheeran “In The Lonely Hour,” Sam Smith “Girl,” Pharrell Williams Song Of The Year “All About That Bass,” Kevin Kadish & Meghan Trainor, songwriters (Meghan Trainor) “Chandelier,” Sia Furler & Jesse Shatkin, songwriters (Sia) “Shake It Off,” Max Martin, Shellback & Taylor Swift, songwriters (Taylor Swift) **Winner** “Stay With Me (Darkchild Version),” James Napier, William Phillips & Sam Smith, songwriters (Sam Smith) “Take Me To Church,” Andrew Hozier-Byrne, songwriter (Hozier) Best New Artist Iggy Azalea Bastille Brandy Clark
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John Cameron Mitchell Taking Over ‘Hedwig and the Angry Inch’

John Cameron Mitchell Taking Over ‘Hedwig and the Angry Inch’
John Cameron Mitchell is strutting back to the role that made him famous in “Hedwig and The Angry Inch.”

He will break out the pumps, blonde wig and East German accent playing the transgender character he co-created with composer and lyricist Stephen Trask, joining the Broadway revival of the musical on Jan. 21.

Mitchell steps in for current star Michael C. Hall. He had been discussed as a possible replacement for Neil Patrick Harris at one point last summer, according to an individual with knowledge of the situation. Harris won a Tony Award for his work and preceded Andrew Rannells in the part.

Mitchell created the 1998 Off-Broadway production and starred in the film version of the play, earning a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actor in a Musical or Comedy. His other acting credits include “Girls,” “The Secret Garden,” and “Six Degrees of Separation.” He also directed “Rabbit Hole” and “Shortbus.
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Michael C. Hall Is Glitter and Glam in 'Hedwig and the Angry Inch' First Look

Michael C. Hall Is Glitter and Glam in 'Hedwig and the Angry Inch' First Look
Dexter has officially gone glam. The first images of Michael C. Hall for Hedwig and the Angry Inch on Broadway were released on Monday, with the star of Showtime's serial-killer drama donning a full face of makeup and emotion. The Dexter actor will take over the title role on Oct. 16 at the Belasco Theatre. His limited engagement will run through Jan. 4, opposite Tony-winner Lena Hall. Hedwig — which has a book by John Cameron Mitchell and music and lyrics by Stephen Trask — centers on an East German transgender rocker searching for love and completeness in America. The lead

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Michael C. Hall To Join ‘Hedwig And The Angry Inch’ In October

If, like us, you have been in absolute awe of the casting choices of Broadway’s Hedwig And The Angry Inch the next one might just might your jaw drop…Ladies and gentlemen, whether you like it or not, Dexter‘s Michael C. Hall will be taking over as Hedwig in October!

The Tony award winning show has been going from strength to strength since its debut with Neil Patrick Harris, and is still managing to keep the audiences coming in with Andrew Rannells (despite the dip in the big bucks). But starting October 16th Michael C. Hall will be donning his best wig and high heels to take on the role.

But why such a short term from Rannells? According to producer David Binder, it was all in the agreement:

“Our agreement with Andrew was always for eight weeks, and I am super excited about having Michael C. Hall take over.
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Michael C. Hall to Star in Broadway's 'Hedwig and the Angry Inch'

Michael C. Hall to Star in Broadway's 'Hedwig and the Angry Inch'
A serial killer is headed to Broadway, as Dexter star Michael C. Hall is next in line to don a wig and heels in Hedwig and the Angry Inch. The actor, who starred in the Showtime series for eight seasons, will take over the title role on Oct. 16 at the Belasco Theatre. His limited engagement will run through Jan. 4, opposite Tony-winner Lena Hall. Hedwig — which has a book by John Cameron Mitchell and music and lyrics by Stephen Trask — centers on an East German transgender rocker searching for love and completeness in America. The lead

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Michael C. Hall To Star In 'Hedwig And The Angry Inch' On Broadway

Michael C. Hall has been tapped to take over the leading part in Hedwig and the Angry Inch on Broadway.

Michael C. Hall In 'Hedwig'

Hall’s casting as Hedwig was announced Monday. He will take over the starring role in the Broadway musical on Oct. 16 and continue onstage at the Belasco Theatre until his limited engagement ends Jan. 4, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Hall, best known for playing the eponymous serial killer with a code in Showtime’s Dexter, is taking over as the lead in Hedwig in the Angry Inch after runs by How I Met Your Mother’s Neil Patrick Harris and Andrew Rannells. Rannells, who took over for Harris on Aug. 20, will give his last performance Oct. 12.

Hedwig and the Angry Inch follows the search for love of a transgender rocker who arrives in America from East Germany. The musical, which has a book by John Cameron Mitchell,
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Hedwig Creators Break Down How They Changed the Script for Broadway

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Hedwig Creators Break Down How They Changed the Script for Broadway
For Hedwig and the Angry Inch to make the leap from the relative obscurity of downtown theater to the bright lights of Broadway, the show needed a few touch-ups and strategic nips and tucks. The transformation clearly did the trick: The production racked up eight Tony nominations, winning four awards on Sunday, including Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical (Neil Patrick Harris) and Best Revival of a Musical. But according to Hedwig creators John Cameron Mitchell (writer-actor) and Stephen Trask (composer-lyricist), as well as the 2014 revival’s director, Michael Mayer, the story about a not-so-sweet transgender singer has been something of a work in progress ever since its 1998 Off-Broadway debut at the Jane Street Theater, and the tweaks keep on coming.“When I thought about redoing the show, I knew I didn't want to perform it again,” Mitchell, who originated the Hedwig role, told
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