Welcome to Junction City! If you have found our little shop on the backroads of the internet, we hope you’ve already made the acquaintance of John Cameron Mitchell. If not, following are just a few of things you may want to know about him.
Born in 1963, John traveled a great deal in his youth as the son of a US Army Major General. In his early 20s, he discovered a passion (and talent) for acting. In the mid 1990s at the very 1990s rock club Squeezebox, John and his friend, Stephen Trask, began to workshop a concept character with a unique voice. Hedwig, as she would soon be named, made her off-Broadway debut to raves reviews in an Obie award-winning, two-year run at New York’s fabled Jane Street Theatre.
Too much of an internationally ignored song stylist for a single stage, Hedwig leapt to the screen in 2001 with a film adaptation of Hedwig & the Angry Inch. For his indelible vision, John was awarded Best Director at The Sundance Festival and was nominated for a Golden Globe as Best Actor.
After a stint in London’s West End and countless tours and local productions around the world, Hedwig finally landed on Broadway in 2014. This critically praised production garnered a special Tony Award for John, as well as awards for Best Actor in a Musical (Neil Patrick Harris), Best Supporting Actress in a Musical (Lena Hall) and Best Revival of a Musical.
In addition to the film adaptation of Hedwig, John has also directed the films Shortbus (2006), Rabbit Hole (2010) and How to Talk to Girls at Parties (2018). Both Rabbit Hole and How to Talk starred Nicole Kidman who was nominated for Best Actress Oscar for Rabbit Hole.
John currently co-wrote (with Bryan Weller), directed and stars in the musical podcast series Anthem: Homunculus featuring Cynthia Erivo, Glenn Close, Patti Lupone, Denis O’Hare, Laurie Anderson and Marion Cotillard. This groundbreaking work on the Luminary podcast network contains more than 30 songs over 5 ½ hours.
During 2019 and 2020, John will be on the road with The Origin of Love tour highlighting the songs and stories behind Hedwig & the Angry Inch as well as works from Anthem and personal favorites. Joining John are celebrated vocalist Amber Martin and the original Broadway production’s band, Tits of Clay. Tickets may still be available as new dates are added.