The Broadway cast recording of the rock
musical Hedwig and the Angry Inch, starring Neil Patrick
Harris, will arrive next month.
Hedwig, which had a long
off-Broadway run at New York City's Jane Street Theater and was later
turned into a movie in 2001 starring John Cameron Mitchell in the
title role, tells the story of a transgender rock musician's search
for “my other half.” Harris debuted as the play's title
character in April.
Atlantic Records announced Friday that
the recording will be available for digital download on July 1
(pre-order June 17). The physical album will arrive on retail
shelves July 15.
The album is produced by Hedwig
composer Stephen Trask, Tony Award-nominated sound designer Tim
O'Heir and Hedwig music director Justin Craig.
“Anyone who has spent more than five
minutes with me in the last three months knows how excited I am by
the new versions of these songs,” Trask said in a statement. “The
talents of Neil and Lena [Hall, Kinky Boots] and this amazing
f*cking band have made these the best version of the score ever.
After years of working with Justin Craig and a decade and a half
recording with Tim O’Heir, producing these recordings as a team
with them has been everything I could have hoped. I think we truly
captured the brilliance of these great performers. If any band wants
to learn any of these songs, these are the versions they should
News of the album's upcoming release
was accompanied by two tracks on YouTube, Sugar
Daddy and Wig
in a Box. (Video for Wig in a Box is embedded on this
our video library for more videos.)
The new production received eight 2014
Tony Award nominations, including a Best Actor in a Musical
nomination for Harris.