John Cameron Mitchell will receive a special Tony Award this year
The Tony Awards Administration Committee announced Monday that write/director/actor/GENIUS John Cameron Mitchell will receive a special Tony Award at the upcoming 69th annual presentation of stage honors.
Mitchell had racked up Drama Desk and Obie Award nominations before he put the off-Broadway smash "Hedwig and the Angry Inch" into the world, but it was that bold musical about a transgender East German rock musician that came to define him. The production was revived in 2014 with none other than Neil Patrick Harris in the lead (he won a Tony, as did the revival), and Mitchell himself recently returned to the role for an eight-week stint.
"John's return to 'Hedwig and the Angry Inch' is one for the history books," American Theatre Wing President Heather Hitchens and Broadway League Executive Director Charlotte St. Martin said in a joint statement. "This is a remarkable undertaking, and we are honored to recognize his outstanding success with this honor."
In 2001, Mitchell made his film directorial debut with an adaptation of "Hedwig" that, full stop, was one of the best films of the year. He returned to the director's chair in 2006 with "Shortbus," another profound dissection of identity that was among the year's best movies. He was back again with the critically acclaimed "Rabbit Hole" in 2010.
Personally, while I appreciate his recent TV work in front of ("Girls") and behind ("Nurse Jackie") the camera, I've been eager for him to make another film. Just as soon as this much-deserved group hug from the theater community is over with, OK?
Nominations for the 2015 Tony Awards will be announced tomorrow. The 69th annual ceremony will be held on June 7.