John Cameron Mitchell’s genre-defying podcast musical

Studio 360

In the late ’90s, John Cameron Mitchell rocked the theater world with the punk musical “Hedwig and the Angry Inch.” In the years since, he’s directed a movie adaptation of the show and starred in a Tony Award-winning revival on Broadway. And now, he’s created a new genre-defying piece of theater. This time, in the form of a podcast.

Anthem: Homunculus” is a collaboration between Mitchell and composer Bryan Weller. It tells the story of Ceann — a man hosting an online telethon to raise money for his cancer treatment. The 10-episode, five-hour saga features over 30 original songs, and an impressive list of Broadway and Hollywood stars: Patti LuPone, Glenn Close and Marion Cotillard, to name a few.

Mitchell originally conceived the show as a sequel to “Hedwig,” but found that his own life history was at the heart of the story. “The whole thing is kind of an alternative autobiography,” he says. “It's what I might be like if I hadn't left my small town.”

John Cameron Mitchell, along with special guest musicians, will perform songs from “Anthem: Homunculus” at New York University’s Skirball Center on June 22.