Jane Street set to bow Bogosian's new one-person piece
“Hedwig and the Angry Inch” will close at the Jane Street Theater on April 9, with Eric Bogosian’s new one-person piece, “Wake Up and Smell the Coffee,” expected to occupy the Greenwich Village venue next.
Not unlike its transsexual hero, “Hedwig” got a second life when New York Times critic Ben Brantley raved about Matt McGrath, who took over the title role after Ally Sheedy departed the show prematurely. The actress had replaced John Cameron Mitchell, who opened “Hedwig” at the Jane Street on Feb. 14, 1998. Mitchell and Stephen Trask are co-authors of the rock musical.
After Sheedy’s disappointing run, producers Susann Brinkley, James Freydberg and Peter Askin had announced a closing of Jan. 30, 2000. Then along came Brantley’s unexpected notice, and they extended the run. The rock musical will have played 857 performances and 12 previews.
Bogosian performed “Wake Up and Smell the Coffee” last summer at the American Repertory Theater in Cambridge, Mass. He is author of “Sex, Drugs, Rock & Roll,” “Talk Radio” and “SubUrbia.”