Rebecca Naomi Jones has taken on the part of Yitzhak for Hedwig and the Angry Inch and we could not be more excited to see a brown woman step into this role! I first saw Hedwig in a local production done by Theatre Lab RVA and fell in love with it immediately. The show has been on Broadway since 2014 and each actress that has taken on the role has done something different and exciting. However, there has not been as much press for the women that have taken on playing Yitzhak and that is just a shame.
Jones is an NYC native that has been performing since she was a child. She got her start at the Metropolitan Opera in their children’s chorus and performed in theatre all throughout her secondary education. She received her B.F.A. from N.C. Arts and has toured nationally with both Rent and Caroline or Change. She took on the role of Yitzhak on April 14, 2015 following Lena Hall and Shannon Conley.
Other Broadway credits attributed to Ms. Jones are: American Idiot, Kinky Boots and Passing Strange. Outside of Broadway Jones has appeared in Dracula, Tarzan, 42nd Street, CATS and The Toxic Avenger. On July 22nd you can see Taye Diggs take on the role of Hedwig for a lead cast chock full of actors of color.
Broadway.com did a feature web series following Rebecca and her performances in Hedwig. Not only do we get a backstage look for a Broadway show we get to enjoy Rebecca Naomi Jones’ bubbly and vibrant personality. You can also hear about and watch her get into drag. Spoiler alert: she does wear a prosthetic while she performs. To get to know a little bit of the woman behind the voice and other cast member check out the episodes. Episode one you can watch below!