“Gipsy Of The Year” opening number celebrated the 40th anniversary of The Wiz, one of the first large-scale, big-budget Broadway musicals to feature an all-black cast and winner of seven Tony Awards in 1975. Celebrity presenters included Michael C. Hall and Lena Hall, who are currently starring in “Hedwig and the Angry Inch”, Kevin Duda, Anika Larsen and Jarrod Spector.
Showtime President David Nevins attends a Q&A session for the Television Critics Association. During this, he puts to bed one persistent Internet rumor – no, Showtime executives did not pressure the Dexter show runners to keep the protagonist alive at the end of the series. “It was never even discussed with me. No one pitched the idea of killing Dexter. The only one who wanted to die was David Duchovny [as the character of Hank Moody on “Californication”, which ended its seven-season run earlier this year]. Maybe half-facetiously, but he always thought Hank Moody should go out in a blaze of glory. But neither Michael [C. Hall, who played Dexter] nor the producers ever thought that was the appropriate ending, that Dexter should die. Honestly, it was never discussed.”
Michael C. Hall eats a dinner of of kale salad and roast chicken in his purple dressing room at the Belasco Theater on 44th St. in New York City. It’s a December evening, and his protective little rescue dog, Sal (short for Salamander), looks at him expectantly, waiting for a crumb. “If I don’t force myself to eat at certain times of the day, I’ll disappear,” Hall says apologetically between bites. Hall will play Hedwig until Jan. 21, when the show’s creator,John Cameron Mitchell, will return to the role for the first time on Broadway for an eight-week engagement. The musical, an hour and 40 minutes long with no intermission, is a nightly marathon of sorts for Hall, who dances in heels and elaborate wigs as he sings 11 songs, interacts with the audience and performs monologues without a break. Though Hall has musical-theater experience — he previously played the Emcee in “Cabaret” and Billy Flynn in “Chicago” — he said “Hedwig” is “the most comprehensively challenging thing I’ve ever taken on. I enjoy playing characters who are at first glance unsympathetic,” he said. “I enjoy the challenge to sympathize or at least humanize people like that.” As his weeks wind down as the internationally ignored song stylist from communist East Berlin — his final performance will be Jan. 18 — Hall sat with Speakeasy to discuss the show, what it was like stepping out as Hedwig for the first time, “Dexter” and more.
*An edited transcript
Did you ever ask John Cameron Mitchell why you struck him as someone who could play Hedwig?
Via The Daily Beast: “I just got my nails done,” gushes Michael C. Hall, extending his manicured, silver digits towards me. “I try to touch it up every couple of weeks. If it gets a little trashy and starts to chip off, it feels… appropriate.”