'Hedwig' Digital Album Release Fast-Tracked Following Tony Wins
Tony Award wins are already showing their impact as the original cast recording of "Hedwig and the Angry Inch" moves its digital release date to this Thursday, June 12, Atlantic Records announced on Tuesday. Physical CDs will be available July 15.
The musical took home four Tonys -- for best revival of a musical, best lighting, and acting statues for its stars Neil Patrick Harris and Lena Hall, both of whom are featured on the album.
“The cast recording is the culmination of trying to get these songs right for 16 years,” the show’s composer Stephen Trasktold THR at the Tonys. Trask is producing the recording along with the show’s sound designer and multiplatinum record producer Tim O’Heir and music director Justin Craig. “We didn’t do it live in the theater, but there’s a lot of live performances. All of the group vocals are done live around a microphone, with everyone just harmonizing together. Neil sang the crap out of it. And when people hear it, they’ll be like, ‘Oh, that’s what these songs are supposed to sound like.’”
The album marks the third official recording of the musical, following the Off-Broadway cast recording in 1999 and the soundtrack for the 2001 film, both starring book writer John Cameron Mitchell in the title role and released by Atlantic. “It’s more like a rock record because the band is so cracking right now,” adds O’Heir, whose work in the recording industry includes producing albums by Say Anything, Flaming Lips and All American Rejects. “A lot of cast recordings are done before the show actually starts, but we’ve actually been in performances, so doing the album was kind of effortless, except that we all got nominated for Tonys, so the schedule went bananas.”
Harris performed the number “Sugar Daddy” from the show on Sunday night’s broadcast, a song Mitchell told THR would be the album’s single, “if Broadway songs were on top 10 like they used to be.”
“It’s a total reinvention of the earlier song,” Mitchell told THR on Sunday. “It’s my favorite number in the show, the most lascivious.”
Hedwig and the Angry Inch is currently running at the Belasco Theatre, where Harris is slated to continue his starring turn through August 17, though Trask hopes to extend his contract or find a replacement to continue the show’s Broadway run.
Watch Harris’ Tony Awards performance, in which he “car-washes” Orlando Bloom and gives Sting a lap dance, here:
- This article originally appeared in THR.com.