Jones is most notably known for her groundbreaking performance in the premiere musical of American Idiot, a musical adaptation of the iconic best-selling CD by the band Green Day. She played the role of Whatshername. Other credits also include Passing Strange, The Fortress of Solitude, Murder Ballad, Love's Labour's Lost, Wig Out!, and This Beautiful City. Jones was also seen in episodes of the short lived series, "SMASH!"
The Broadway premiere of Hedwig and the Angry Inch began previews March 29, 2014, before an official opening on April 22, 2014 with Neil Patrick Harris in the title role. Hedwig and the Angry Inch won the Tony Award for Best Revival of a Musical back in June 2014, as well as Harris taking home his first TONY Award. Tony nominee Andrew Rannells (The Book of Mormon, and HBO Series “Girls”) was the next one to don the wig after Harris. The show was previously just a limited engagement show with plans to end after Rannells left the show in early August. However, with the huge popularity of the show, and demand for tickets, they extended the show as an open-ended run. Following Rannells, next to don the wig was actor Michael C. Hall (“Dexter”, Cabaret) before co-creator, and original Hedwig in the Off-Broadway show, John Cameron Mitchell grabbed the reins on January 21st and will continue through April 26th. Just announced last week, “Glee” star Darren Criss will take over for an exclusive 12 week engagement as Hedwig starting April 29th. It seems that this role is one that is taken over by current leading men in well-known or popular TV shows. Will we get a big named movie actor to step into the role next?
When asked if there were plans for a national tour, and if that would prompt the show to close, a representative for the show told RyeTheNewsGuy.com exclusively that, “There are no plans to close the show [Hedwig and the Angry Inch] on Broadway, a tour is in the works but more details will be announced at a later date.” John Cameron Mitchell was not able to be reached for comment but the rep did say “The entire creative team is thrilled [Rebecca Naomi Jones] is joining the show.” Mitchell, who is now donning the wig as the “internationally ignored” rocker, starred in the 2001 film, wrote the book for this revival, and starred Off-Broadway as the original Hedwig.
Hedwig and the Angry Inch is currently playing at The Belasco Theatre, located at 111 West 44th Street. Tickets are also available by calling (212) 239-6200 or visiting www.telecharge.com For more information, visit www.HedwigBroadway.com