“New York Theatre Guide” — Golden Globe winner Michael C. Hall extends his role as ‘Hedwig’ in the Tony Award-winning musical Hedwig and the Angry Inch by two weeks and will now star through to 18 Jan 2015.
Hall took over the title role from Tony nominee Andrew Rannells on 16 Oct 2014 for a limited engagement that was originally scheduled to end on 4 January 2015. He continues to perform opposite Tony winner Lena Hall, who continues in the role of ‘Yitzhak’.
Michael C. Hall is perhaps best known for his television career, in particular for his role as “Dexter Morgan” in the long-running drama series “Dexter”, as well as the role of “David Fisher” in “Six Feet Under”. His film credits include “Paycheck” (2003), “Gamer” (2009), “Kill Your Darlings” (2013) and “Cold In July” (2014). Hall was last seen on the Broadway stage this year as ‘John Jones’ in ‘The Realistic Joneses’. He has also played the role of ‘Emcee’ in ‘Cabaret’ in 1999, as well as ‘Billy Flynn’ in ‘Chicago’ in 2002.
Casting for the next Hedwig will be announced in the coming weeks, though rumours are that John Cameron Mitchell will be the next actor to don those blonde wigs and high heels on Broadway. Mitchell, who wrote the book for Hedwig and the Angry Inch, originated the role when the musical had its world premiere at Off-Broadway’s Jane Street Theatre in 1998. He wad also nominated for a Golden Globe Award for his performance in the 2001 film adaptation, which he also wrote and directed.
“W Magazine” — Perhaps unbeknownst to his legions of television fans (for series like Dexter and Six Feet Under), Michael C. Hall also has a thriving stage career. This past spring, he received raves for his performance in the Broadway production of Will Eno’s dark comedy The Realistic Joneses and he has played Billy Flynn in Chicago. He also replaced Alan Cummings as the emcee in Cabaret in 1999.
Hall is once again “jumping onto a moving train,” as he puts it, starring in the current production of Hedwig and the Angry Inch at the Belasco Theatre through January 4th, following star turns by Neil Patrick Harris and Andrew Rannells. Here, the actor chats about high heels, tucking and carwashing.
This is such a physical show. How far in advance did you start preparing and what was the preparation like?
There were probably about 22 proper days of rehearsal leading up to the performance. And there are so many learning curves: the fishnets and heels and bra learning curve. And the mike cord learning curve. And the German accent learning curve. And the choreography learning curve. And the gymnastic climbing the set stuff. It just goes on and on.
Only 22 days? You must have been in amazing shape to begin with!
Certainly before rehearsals proper started I was, you know, thinking about those hot pants. They definitely got me to go to the gym to run. You want to look good in a dress, so I dropped a little weight.
Well, I don’t know if anyone’s ever told you this, but you have a great pair of legs.
Thank you. I really don’t know that they’ve ever been featured in this way, so that’s been a nice thing to discover.
Were the heels the hardest part to get used to physically?
I guess they were early on. My feet definitely were in a state of shock during the first week of rehearsal. But I had the heels before I started rehearsal, I was walking around the apartment doing the dishes in heels. It definitely helps me appreciate the trials of being a fashion-conscious woman.
Do you have a recovery process you do after every show?
I have these yoga toes things I use. They’re these jelly things that separate your toes and you put them in the freezer so they simultaneously reduce swelling and spread your toes out. So I wear them for 20 minutes. And if you get on the floor and put your legs up on the wall and just let the blood drain from your throbbing feet as they’re stretched out, you’ll see some swelling reduction.
I am totally going out and buying those, thank you! Did you pick up any other tips you can pass onto us ladies?
No, but if any guys want lessons on how to tuck, I can do that.
Was that a self-taught thing or did you get advice?
I got some pointers from people who do cross-dressing. To make the line of some of the costumes work it seemed like a good idea to figure out where to put things.
What’s going through my head seems awfully painful.
You put one thing between your legs and the other things from whence they came, sort of up in you. I think ninjas do it, too, when they fight.
I have no use for that tip, unfortunately, but it’s great to know. And the makeup is amazing, did you get a lesson in how to do it?
It is applied by professionals and it takes about 45 minutes. When it’s all done it looks pretty fantastic, but there are stages along the way where I catch myself in the mirror and it’s pretty scary. It’s like Norma Desmond on a bad day.
Do you carry any of Hedwig with you when you’re off stage?
Not really. I still stand up when I pee.
That’s good to know. The show also involves some audience interaction: you “carwash” (dance above a person’s face in a fringed skirt) one person and kiss another. How do you choose your subjects?
Sometimes I’ll spot someone early and go, okay, that’s DEFINITELY who I’m going to carwash. But it’s really more fun to just decide in the moment.
Have you ever had a bad reaction from someone when they’re chosen?
I did it to a 16 or 17-year-old kid who turned to stone. He was absolutely horrified. But then I got flowers from his mother thanking me. I guess she felt like he needed to be shaken up a little bit. So, you’re welcome!
Michael C. Hall stopped by “Late Night with Seth Meyers” last night to promote his newest role as Hedwig in “Hedwig And The Angry Inch” on Broadway. You can check out a short clip of the interview below, as well as 306 high definition screen captures of Michael from the interview. I will update this post later today with the full interview. Enjoy!
Screen Captures > Talk Shows > Talk Shows from 2014 > Nov 03: Late Night with Seth Meyers
Michael C. Hall shows off his toned body while going shirtless on stage during the finale of his Broadway show “Hedwig and the Angry Inch” on Wednesday evening (October 29) at the Belasco Theatre in New York City. You can check out 65 medium and high quality photos of Michael in the photo gallery. Enjoy!
Public Appearances > Events from 2014 > Oct 29: “Hedwig And The Angry Inch” Curtain Call in New York
Michael C. Hall is scheduled to appear on NBC’s “Late Night with Seth Meyers” on Monday, November 3rd, 2014. Kerry Washington and Joe Hill will also be guests the same night. So be sure to mark your calendars and set your DVR for the appearance. I’ll have video clips and high definition screen captures up the next day for those who happen to miss it.
Late Night with Seth Meyers, NBC
Mo 11/3: Kerry Washington, Michael C. Hall, Joe Hill