John Cameron Mitchell will write and star in a sequel to his hit rock musical Hedwig and the Angry Inch, according to journalist Kevin Sessums. Hedwig composer and lyricist Stephen Trask will also write the music for the new sequel. A reading of the new production is scheduled for September 16 at the Afterglow Festival in Provincetown, Massachusetts. No further casting has been announced.
Hedwig and the Angry Inch is the story of a transgendered punk rock singer from East Berlin who, while touring America with her band, the Angry Inch, shares her life story with the audience. Hedwig opened at off-Broadway’s Jane Street Theatre on February 14, 1998 with Mitchell as Hedwig and Miriam Shor as bandmate and husband Yitzhak. The show played 857 performances before closing April 9, 2000. In 2010, Mitchell announced he would reprise his performance in Hedwig on Broadway, but the revival never came to fruition.
The new sequel is reportedly the next chapter in Hedwig’s story. “We spend so much of our early lives trying to figure out who we really are,” Mitchell said of the show's themes. “And we spend the rest of our lives preparing ourselves to let it go.”
Mitchell appeared on Broadway in The Secret Garden, Big River and Six Degrees of Separation. He directed, wrote and starred in the 2001 film adaptation of Hedwig and the Angry Inch, and earned a Golden Globe nomination for his performance. He also wrote and directed the 2006 film Shortbus and directed the 2010 film adapatation of Rabbit Hole, starring Nicole Kidman.
Click below and scroll ahead to the 1:40 mark to see Mitchell and Shor singing “Wig in a Box” in the off-Broadway production of Hedwig and the Angry Inch!