The show announced that it will play its final performance on September 13, 2015.
The 2014 Tony Award winning Best Musical Revival, Hedwig and the Angry Inch, will hang up its wig at the Belasco Theatre. The final show, which is set for September 13, 2015 at 3 PM, will star Taye Diggs are the titular Hedwig and Rebecca Naomi Jones as Yitzhak. The show's Twitter announced it last night:
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The production, with a book by John Cameron Mitchell, music and lyrics by Stephen Trask and direction by Michael Mayer, was initially announced as a 16-week limited engagement; it turned into a 76-week run. As of Sept. 13, Hedwig and the Angry Inch will have played 22 previews and 506 regular performances.
Since the start of the show, Hedwig has been played by some of the best of the best when it comes to Hollywood and Broadway actors: Neil Patrick Harris, Andrew Rannells, Michael C. Hall, the show's creator John Cameron Mitchell, Darren Criss, and now Taye Diggs. Lena Hall, Rebecca Naomi Jones, and Shannon Conley all played Yitzhak to critical and fan praise.
The show has had a steady decrease in numbers in 2015. As new shows popped up, Hedwig slowly started fading into the background, though she still shone bright under John Cameron Mitchell and Darren Criss. Mitchell, who wrote and starred in the original production as well as the film received a special Tony after his performance. Criss gave a critically lauded performance that seemed to show just what the actor was capable of.
The show hit some hard times lately under Diggs - fan reports came back that the actor seemed to truly not find the character and sometimes, allegedly, he could not remember his lines either. A recent review by the NY Post seemed to be one of the nails in the coffin of what, just a few months ago, was still a vibrant show.
By its last show, Hedwig will hold the record as the longest-running show to have opened at the Belasco. Hedwig has forever been a cult show, and this production has seen many repeat visitors coming back time and time again to see their favorite Hedwig put on the gold platform heels.
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Still, this may not be the end for Hedwig and her spectacular one night engagement: a national tour of Hedwig and the Angry Inch will start in San Francisco on Oct. 4, 2016, with productions also being planned for the West End and Australia. Regardless, her luster and shine will be missed by everyone walking down Broadway.