As nationwide audiences salivate in anticipation of the feathered hair maven coming to a city near them, Hedwig and the Angry Inch producers and casting directors are assembling their short list of who to consider for the first ever U. S. tour of the modern classic.
With tour ticketing prices basically equalling those of Broadway seats, people are expecting to see creative, and glitzy casting. The heads of nationwide Bway fans recently exploded with news of Idina Menzel and La Chanze reprising their Tony nominated turns in If/Then…this move was definately a game changer in the way producers are going to have to present tours moving forward. In essence, the stakes have also been raised…along with the prices. And if producers hope to cash in again, they need to capture a bankable name for the title role. Knowing this, it would be wise of them to consider selecting a few A-listers to sprinkle around the country. $450 “Premium Orchestra Seating”?…Get ready, Omaha.
Because it is common to see, we would not be suprised if the original box office ball-buster himself reprised his role in L.A., whilst taping his new NBC variety show Best Time Ever with Neil Patrick Harris…this would inevitably be cross promotion at it’s best. If not, then don’t be surprised to see the Hedwig creator himself, John Cameron Mitchell open in the West Coast cities.
Taking those two biggies off of the table for now, who can we expect to receive a phone call in the coming months before the highly anticipated 2016 opening at San Francisco?
Adam Lambert. We know for sure that the Wicked alum was approached for the Broadway run (and declined, allegedly!), so it could make sense for tour producers to reach out another time to Lambert. And we think he should strike while the iron is hot…
Nick Jonas. Jonas has proven himself to be a cross-over box office success after a run How to Succeed…, and another epic anniversary staging of Les Miserables(Marius). With the star realizing the loyalty of his theatre fans worldwide, we would not be suprised if he considered a stint somewhere along the tour route…coninciding with an album, TV, or video release, of course.
Cheyenne Jackson. Need we say more…?
Darren Criss. After a successful run on Broadway, you can bet that Darren Criss will have a strong shot at headlining the tour. With minimal rehearsal and prep time needed, he would be a natural choice for the creative team to consider.
Constantine Maroulis. The American Idol vet has three Broadway musicals under his belt including The Wedding Singer, Rock of Ages, and an ill-fated 2013 revival of Jekyll and Hyde. He also played Hedwig regionally, prior to his American Idol stardom. He would be a smart option for casting to consider.
Pink. We needed an Ally Sheedy wild card pick, and Pink’s name has been bandied about by Hedwig super fans since the departure of Neil Patrick Harris on Broadway. Having acted in over seven films now, pop mega-star Pink is no stranger to a script. Her name would help sell-out houses across the country, but her daring and authentic performance quality could lend itself to great critical acclaim. Get er’ in there!!
Chord Overstreet. Following the success of Darren Criss, why not consider another Glee kid? Though Overstreet has not yet been a stage performer, his performance chops were certainly sharpened on the Ryan Murphy mega-hit as dreamy loner, Sam Evans. Glee fans across America would carpool to their nearest cities in a heartbeat to see this guy strut his stuff!
John Stamos. Hey, we can dream, can’t we? The How to Succeed…, Cabaret, and Nine star would indeed be box office gold across the U.S., and we think he could be pretty damn great! Certainly, he should consider such a move to coincide with the upcoming Full House reboot on Netflix, and recent commercial success. Come on, John…think about it?!