> Also, I was under the impression that you don't really "conduct" soloists, but conduct the orchestra off of the soloist. I'm confused about how she could do that when she couldn't even see the orchestra for most of the feed.
Hedwig and the Angry Inch was first conceived by Trask and Mitchell in 1994 while they were working on another show. Hedwig premiered off-Broadway in 1998 with Mitchell donning the eponymous character’s blonde wig and heels (which he did again in the 2001 movie), and when the time came to record the 1999 cast album, Mitchell knew the material inside and out. He had also grown up loving and wanting to sing the ’70s glam rock that characterizes much of the show’s score, whereas Neil Patrick Harris had not.
So, Trask said, they put together a “cultural immersion” for Harris to study so that he could understand what influenced Hedwig and what would have been a part of her world. It included audio and video of acts like Tina Turner, Mick Jagger, Devo, the Ramones, The Clash, Iggy Pop, and Fugazi, all of whom provided vocal and visual cues for Hedwig. “[Harris] was more than happy [to study],” Trask said. “He’s such a detailed performer: the way he gets inside melodic notes or lyrics or acting cues … every little thing.”
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