John Cameron Mitchell

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The Tony Award–win­ning ac­tor and writer, 55, who di­rected Ni­cole Kid­man in 2010’s Rab­bit Hole and the up­com­ing How to Talk to Girls at Par­ties, will tour Aus­tralia for the first time with a new show, The Ori­gin of Love: The Songs & Sto­ries of Hed­wig. The star of Hed­wig and the An­gry Inch tells WHO’S Cyn­thia Wang about his mu­si­cal in­spi­ra­tions.

The singers who re­mind me of my child­hood David Bowie was very pow­er­ful to me, and also Barry Manilow. There was a kind of show­biz-y, Broad­way thing about him. I, of course, in­tu­ited his queer­ness, which was quite ob­vi­ous. He was al­ways a bit clos­eted but there was a song called “All the Time” that was very gay to me. He was a great com­fort to me as a kid. Live per­for­mance that had a great im­pact Patti Smith at a se­cret show in a small bar in [New York’s] East Vil­lage. I was danc­ing like crazy and I turned around dur­ing “Horses” and re­alised that no-one else in the whole place was danc­ing. I turned back around and she just sort of braced her hand on my chest like I was hold­ing her up and sang “Horses” right into my face. She was like my buddy. Go-to song as a DJ to kick off a party I prob­a­bly would start out with “High School Dance” by The Sylvers. They were kind of a Jack­son 5 clone but they were ac­tu­ally re­ally good. They were a fam­ily also, and they had their own Michael Jack­son named Fos­ter Sylvers, who had a great song called “Mis­de­meanor”. First al­bum I ever bought

El­ton John’s Cap­tain Fan­tas­tic. It has some clas­sic tunes like “Some­one Saved My Life Tonight”, which was based on him about to marry a woman!

Mitchell tours from June 22– July 17. He plays the Syd­ney Opera House on July 6.

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