It’s a tale of two A-list replacements: Dexter star Michael C. Hall put on some makeup for Hedwig and the Angry Inch and kicked up $544,166 for his first six performances, according to figures from the Broadway League for the week ending Oct. 19. That’s down just 4 percent per-show from what Andrew Rannells took in during his final seven shows the previous week—but it still represents an impressive 85 percent of the potential gross for the Belasco Theatre.
But another high-profile substitution proved less successful: Carol Burnett, returning to Broadway for the first time in a decade, failed to lift ticket sales for the already flagging revival Love Letters that opened last month with Mia Farrow and Brian Dennehy. Dennehy is still in the two-hander, but box office for Burnett’s first eight-show week fell nearly 6 percent, to $319,810. That’s only 36 percent of the show’s maximum earnings—a bad sign. Maybe Carol should bring on Andy Cohen’s dog and reprise her Tarzan yell?
The biggest gainers for the week were new productions. In the first full week since its Oct. 9 opening, the star-studded comedy It’s Only a Play grew 14 percent to $1.375 million—a record for the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre. The reteaming of Nathan Lane-Matthew Broderick was also one of five Broadway hits to exceed the maximum gross potential of its venue, a feat made possible by high demand for premium tickets. (The others were The Book of Mormon, Aladdin, Beautiful, and A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder.)
The musical revival On the Town had a heckuva opening week, also gaining 14 percent to $696,571. That amounts to just 40 percent of its maximum earnings in the cavernous Lyric Theatre, but producers must be counting on the widespread raves from last Thursday’s opening to lift the show into profitability.
There are fewer worries for The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, which gained 10 percent last week to $848,236. That’s nearly 89 percent of its potential gross, a huge achievement for a nonmusical without a celebrity in its cast.
Overall, Broadway takings were down 4 percent to just shy of $26 million. The top earners: The Lion King ($1.89 million); Wicked ($1.68 million); The Book of Mormon ($1.65 million); Aladdin ($1.44 million); and It’s Only a Play ($1.375 million).
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Michael C. Hall is ready for his next act.
The former “Six Feet Under” and “Dexter” star is back on Broadway as the main lead in “Hedwig and the Angry Inch” — the hit musical that won four Tony Awards this year, including a best actor win for Neil Patrick Harris.
Harris left the production in August and was replaced for a time by the Tony Award-winning “Book of Mormon” star Andrew Rannells, who has now stepped aside to make way for Hall as the newest actor to play Hedwig — a transgender rocker who defies just about all social conventions.
Hall, 43, has starred in several Broadway productions throughout his career (he won a 2014 Drama Desk Award for his turn in “The Realistic Joneses”), but never in a role as glamorous as Hedwig. The Golden Globe-winning actor says that he’s still getting used to all the heavy make-up and elaborate costumes.
“I’m only in the past few days putting the full armor on,” Hall said in a recent interview with CBS News. “It’s a lot to inhabit but it also does so much for you.”
For Hall, the makeup and wardrobe helps him get into character: “Rehearsing in the rehearsal hall with heels and fishnets and imagining the feel of the wigs or the look of the face is one thing, but leaving it to the creative powers that be to basically be the character for a time and give me my face and my hair, there’s nothing like it.”
Hall says one of the reasons why he took on the role was because it was a chance to explore his “feminine side.” He was also drawn to the musical’s themes of self-acceptance, especially in the face of bigotry and intolerance.
“‘Hedwig’ is an invitation to complete acceptance of the whole self. I think it invites audiences to do that,” Hall said.
The musical originally began as an off-Broadway production in 1998, with songs and lyrics composed by Stephen Trask and a book written by John Cameron Mitchell — who originally played the role of Hedwig on stage and in a 2001 cult film adaptation.
The theater veteran shares Hall’s views on the musical’s themes.
“It was unusual for Broadway, certainly 15 years ago, and it’s still a little bit unusual for Broadway,” Mitchell said. “But with the help of actors like Michael and Neil, we’re bringing it to people and letting them know that it isn’t in any way frightening and it’s actually a story about everyone trying to find their own identity.”
Watch the video above to hear more from Hall and Mitchell, as well as actress Lena Hall (no relation), who won a best actress Tony Award for her gender-bending turn as Hedwig’s husband, Yitzhak.
Michael C. Hall’s run as Hedwig begins Thursday night and lasts until Jan. 4.
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