Lena Hall is venturing where few ladies have gone before: She’s playing disgruntled backup singer Yitzhak, a dude who wants more than anything to be a drag queen, in the gender-bending rock musical Hedwig and the Angry Inch. Oh, and did we mention she’s also the husband of Neil Patrick Harris, who plays transgender rock goddess Hedwig Schmidt? We had to find out what Hall’s life like is like behind the scenes, so Broadway.com sent her on a scavenger hunt, asking her to take photos of a few of her favorite things at the Belasco Theatre. Check out a day in the life of Lena below!
My favorite thing in my dressing room
"This is my grandfather's flag—I found it in my parents' basement in San Francisco. It has 48 stars on it!"
My view from the stage door
"Here I am, signing autographs for the crowd outside after the show."
The best thing to eat on a two-show day
"Kale salad! It's good for energy and doesn't make me feel tired. The perfect blend of delicious and nutritious to get me through the day."
My Yitzhak's-eye view from the stage
"My 'hole,' where all my props are. I drink from these bottles during the show (not real booze, obviously) and they save me as far as my voice is concerned."
The coolest prop in the show
"They got guitar picks and drum sticks specially made for the band! I thought it was THE coolest."
My favorite co-star
"This pic was taken after our first preview. Neil is so much fun to work with and his work ethic is incredible."
The crew member who saves my ass
"Me and stage manager Rachel Wolff! During tech, she would always watch out for me and make sure everything was in its right place. She was always there for me with a pen so I could write down my changed prop moves and such."
The best costume piece I wear
"I love my packer [fake penis, censored]. It helps me with the physicality of Yitzhak. I asked for it ;)"
My favorite fan gift
"Yum yum cookies!!!! My fav is maple bacon!"
My must-have pre-show item
"Always with the iced tea! Large, unsweetened, extra ice."
My good luck charm
"Josh Groban gave this to me. He was duped by a monk in Times Square to donate for peace. It makes me laugh."
A selfie right before I go on stage
"Getting myself together before I get bombarded with insults from Miss Hedwig."