Pop Star, Songwriter, Actor David Bowie Joins Canon Theatricals/Susan Dietz and
Joan Stein to Produce L.A. Premiere of Award-Winning Rock Musical `Hedwig and the Angry Inch'
Los Angeles - Entertainment Wire
September 16, 1999
International rock legend David Bowie joins forces with Canon Theatricals/Susan Dietz and Joan Stein to produce the Los Angeles premiere of ``Hedwig and the Angry Inch'' at the Henry Fonda Theatre in Hollywood.
The production's text is by John Cameron Mitchell and the music and lyrics by Stephen Trask. Peter Askin will direct the company, which will star Tony-nominee Michael Cerveris (The Who's ``Tommy'' and ``Titanic'') direct from his critically-acclaimed performance of ``Hedwig'' in New York. Performances begin October 22, 1999, with an official opening on October 31, 1999.
```Hedwig' is the most wholly rounded piece of rock theatre that we've seen in years,'' said Bowie. ``We are looking forward to working with David and bringing this brilliantly written piece to Los Angeles,'' said Dietz. Her partner, Stein, added, ``David Bowie is one of the most influential pop icons. His association with `Hedwig' could not be more perfect.''
``Hedwig and the Angry Inch'' is inspired by Plato's symposium. The musical tells the triumphant rock-n-roll journey of ``internationally ignored song stylist'' Hedwig Schimdt -- from her childhood in East Berlin to her love affair with rock's greatest icon.
The musical burst on the New York scene, received rave reviews, was included in Time magazine's 1998 list of ``The Best of Theatre,'' won the 1998 Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Musical and a 1998 Obie Award Special Citation. Rolling Stone magazine proclaimed that ``Hedwig'' is ``the first rock musical that truly rocks.'' The phenomenal Off-Broadway run is now in its second smash year.
Bowie will be featured as VH1's Artist of the Month in October. Virgin Records will release his new album ``hours...'' on October 5, and fully remastered CDs of his entire back catalogue over the next several months.
Canon Theatricals, in association with David Bowie, is producing ``Hedwig and the Angry Inch'' by special arrangement with Alice's Enterprises Inc., The Westside Theatre and J.B. F. Producing Corp.
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