'Hedwig' Creator John Cameron Mitchell To Receive Special Tony Award

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'ohn Cameron Mitchell at the 'Hedwig and the Angry Inch' musical opening night in New York on April 22, 2014.

John Cameron Mitchell, who co-created the Broadway hit Hedwig and the Angry Inch and then played the lead character this spring, will receive the 2015 Special Tony Award.

The show -- about an East German transsexual seeking love and stardom in a retro glam-rock band -- roared onto Broadway last season. Neil Patrick Harris started off the Hedwigs and was replaced by Andrew Rannells and then Michael C. Hall and Mitchell. Next up is Darren Criss.

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The 51-year-old Mitchell's other Broadway credits include Big RiverThe Secret Garden and Six Degrees of Separation.

Nominations for the annual Tonys will be announced on Tuesday. The statuettes will be handed out at Radio City Music Hall on June 7.