(Patrick Healy’s article appeared in The New York Times, 1/15.)

Ghosts are all around John Cameron Mitchell, and not just those said to haunt Broadway’s Belasco Theater.

There’s his ex-boyfriend Jack Steeb, dead these 10 years, who now feels like his missing half. There’s Mr. Mitchell’s father, an Army general, a source of inspiration who passed away in 2013. Then there’s the performance that filled up the Belasco last year: the Tony Award-winning star turn by Neil Patrick Harris in Mr. Mitchell’s hit musical, “Hedwig and the Angry Inch.”

Most of all there is the old girl herself, Hedwig, who Mr. Mitchell seared into memories when he created the “internationally ignored song stylist” at downtown clubs in the 1990s and in a 2001 movie. A worn-out blond wig for Hedwig sits on a shelf at the Belasco, where Mr. Mitchell, 51, will take over the role on Wednesday, playing her on Broadway for the first time.


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