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Rebecca Naomi Jones kicks off run as Yitzhak in HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH on April 14

Rebecca Naomi Jones. Photo by Susan Rosenberg Jones

Rebecca Naomi Jones. Photo by Susan Rosenberg Jones

On Tuesday, April 14, 2015, Rebecca Naomi Jones (American IdiotPassing Strange) kicks off her run as Yitzhak in the Tony Award-winning Best Musical Revival Hedwig and the Angry Inch at the Belasco Theatre, 111 West 44th Street in New York.

Jones will join John Cameron Mitchell who is currently starring in Hedwig through April 26th, a show he co-created with composer and lyricist Stephen Trask. (Darren Criss takes over the role for a 12-week engagement, starting April 29.)

Variety: Broadway Review: John Cameron Mitchell in ‘Hedwig and the Angry Inch’
The Hollywood Reporter: Critic’s Notebook: John Cameron Mitchell in ‘Hedwig and the Angry Inch’

Jones has received critical acclaim for her performances in Big Love which just ended its run on March 15, 2015 at Signature Theatre Company, Murder Ballad (Lily Award, Lortel Award nomination), American Idiot, and Passing Strange.

Rebecca Naomi Jones, Libby Winters and Stacey Sargeant. Photo by T Charles Erickson.

Rebecca Naomi Jones, Libby Winters and Stacey Sargeant. Photo by T Charles Erickson.

Video: Rebecca Naomi Jones, Bobby Steggert, Stacey Sargeant, Emmanuel Brown, Lynn Cohen and More in for Charles Mee’s BIG LOVE at Signature Theatre
Last Fall, Jones appeared in The Fortress of Solitude at The Public Theater, and is featured on the original cast album due for release on March 24, 2015.

THE FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE cast members Rebecca Naomi Jones and André De Shields. Photo by Lia Chang

THE FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE cast members Rebecca Naomi Jones and André De Shields. Photo by Lia Chang

The Fortress of Solitude, starring Adam Chanler-Berat, André De Shields, Kyle Beltran, Kevin Mambo, Rebecca Naomi Jones ends extended run 11/16; Ghostlight to Record Cast Album 

Apr. 13: THE FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE Original Cast Album Release Concert at Joe’s Pub will feature André De Shields, Adam Chanler-Berat, Kevin Mambo, Kyle Beltran, Ken Barnett, Britton Smith, Akron Watson and Juson Williams

Time Out New York has called her “a future legend of the New York stage” and “a member of the next generation of theatrical superstars.” She can also be seen in the indie film Ratter which premiered at the Slamdance Film Festival in January.

Rebecca Naomi Jones and the company of American Idiot. Photo by Paul Kolnik

Rebecca Naomi Jones and the company of American Idiot in 2010. Photo by Paul Kolnik

As previously announced Tony Award winner Lena Hall will play her final performance as Yitzhak on Sunday, April 4. Before Jones joins the cast of Hedwig and the Angry InchShannon Conley will play the role of Yitzhak for one week starting Tuesday, April 7.

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Photos: André De Shields, Adam Chanler-Berat, Jose Llana, Kevin Mambo, Rebecca Naomi Jones, Kyle Beltran, Kim Brockington and More at The Fortress of Solitude 

cropped-lia-chang_photo-by-carlos-flores-3.jpgLia Chang is an actor, a performance and fine art botanical photographer, and an award-winning multi-platform journalist. Lia starred as Carole Barbara in Lorey Hayes’ Power Play at the 2013 National Black Theatre Festival in Winston-Salem, N.C., with Pauletta Pearson Washington, Roscoe Orman, and made her jazz vocalist debut in Rome Neal’s Banana Puddin’ Jazz “LADY” at the Nuyorican Poets Cafe in New York. She is profiled in Jade Magazine.

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