John Cameron Mitchell wins Special Tony, reflects on ‘Hedwig’ and the closet (Video)

“When I first was acting, I thought I had to be in the closet to be an actor, but it felt like a lot of work. I didn’t mind being directed during work, but not during life,” said John Cameron Mitchell about deciding to live openly. He created and starred in the musical “Hedwig and the Angry Inch” in 1998, but wasn’t eligible to win a Tony when it first came to Broadway in 2014. After stepping back into the title role from January to April 2015, he was awarded a Special Tony Award.

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“At first, when ‘Hedwig’ came out, it was a little too much for [my mom] to handle,” Mitchell remembered, “but she’s seen it reflected in the faces of the people who have seen it. She sees that it’s now not so scary. I think that’s what happened to Broadway too. Broadway was a little scared of it at the time that it came out, and now the world has changed, Broadway has changed.”

Below, watch Mitchell’s complete press Q&A:

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