[54][55] The production then featured co-creator John Cameron Mitchell, who returned to the role from January 21 to April 26, 2015. He reluctantly agreed but the surgery was botched, leaving our protagonist with the titular “angry inch” of flesh. A German glam rendition of Debby Boone's "You Light Up My Life" once served as the musical's finale. Gnosis is recovering from an incident that nearly ruined his career, having crashed his car into a school bus while high and receiving oral sex from none other than Hedwig. Hedwig and the Angry Inch follows “the journey of a young East Berlin man who has a sex change as part of a plan to escape to the capitalist west” as the synopsis reads. The character of Hedwig was inspired by a German divorced U.S. Army wife who was Mitchell's family babysitter and moonlighted as a prostitute at her trail… Im Film spielt u.a. Yet Hedwig ultimately disavows this notion of external completion, instead bolstering a pro-Western ideology of individual autonomy that contributes to a global naturalisation of Western philosophy. [81] The production won four Tony Awards (tied with A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder for most awards in 2014): Best Revival of a Musical, Best Lighting Design of a Musical, Best Featured Actress in a Musical for Lena Hall, and Best Actor in a Musical for Neil Patrick Harris. [1] Die Musik von Musical und Film schrieb Stephen Trask. [73] It adds to the increasing number of mainstream films and media that questions dichotomous views on sex and gender. There were another 7 performances scheduled for February 2014 in Brasilia and Recife, finalizing the Brazilian Hedwig project with a total of 100 performances. This plan will allow Hansel to leave communist East Germany for the capitalist West. Hedwig and the Angry Inch is a rock musical with music and lyrics by Stephen Trask and a book by John Cameron Mitchell. The director was Michael Mayer with musical staging by Spencer Liff. Hedwig grows more erratic and unstable as the evening progresses, until she finally breaks down, stripping off her wig, dress, and make-up, forcing Yitzhak to step forward and sing ("Hedwig's Lament"/"Exquisite Corpse"). Trask and Mitchell completed an unfinished Tommy Gnosis song (left over from the musical's development days) called "Milford Lake" (sung by Mitchell) and included it. Actors who have played Hedwig onstage in the U.S. include Michael Cerveris, Neil Patrick Harris, Lena Hall, Darren Criss, Taye Diggs, Andrew Rannells, Michael C. Hall, Ally Sheedy, Euan Morton, Kevin Cahoon, Gene Dante, Anthony Rapp, Matt McGrath, Jeff Skowron, and Nick Garrison, and iOTA. https://www.ticketmaster.com/hedwig-and-the-angry-inch-tickets/artist/836699 Hedwig and the Angry Inch also provides a space for openly queer performers in this alternative theatre movement and punk subculture that is often labelled as queercore. ‡ In the original Off-Broadway production, this song was not sung by Yitzhak, but by the musical director Skszp. The profits of this album benefitted The Hetrick-Martin Institute, home of the Harvey Milk High School, a New York City public school for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and questioning youth who have experienced discrimination and violence in other public schools or at home and are at risk of not completing their secondary education. The Signature Theatre in the Washington DC area produced the show in 2002. While he sings her songs to thousands nearby, she belts in front of a salad bar to stunned senior citizens just trying to eat their crab dinners. In the summer of 1994, they started workshopping the show at the downtown NYC gay punk club SqueezeBox!, where Trask led the house band. Badisches Staatstheater Karlsruhe. [38] After 3 years, in 2012, Hedwig got a new opportunity, starting September 28, at Zepp DiverCity Tokyo, with Mirai Moriyama in the lead, and the lyrics translated by Shikao Suga. “And if she can find some kind of solace, maybe we can too, and maybe that involves putting on a wig.”, Stream Hedwig and the Angry Inch on Hulu or HBO, rent on Amazon or Apple, Further viewing: Velvet Goldmine (rent on Amazon or Apple), Party Monster (stream on Amazon Prime), (Pitchfork earns a commission from purchases made through affiliate links on our site.). Hedwig and the Angry Inch is a 2001 American musical comedy-drama film written for the screen and directed by John Cameron Mitchell. This production won the Obie Award,[8][9][10][11] 1998 Special Citations for Stephen Trask and the casts [12] and the Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Off-Broadway Musical. The play was translated by Jonas Calmon Klabin and directed by Evandro Mesquita, with musical direction by Danilo Timm and Evandro Mesquita. During the life-affirming punk anthem “Wig in a Box,” her Kansas trailer opens up into a stage bedecked with lights and a lyric scrawl along the bottom of the screen, for Rocky Horror-style karaoke potential. Neil Patrick Harris starred in the first Broadway production at the Belasco Theatre, which began previews on March 29, 2014, and officially opened on April 22, 2014. But when influential independent film producer Christine Vachon inquired about a screen adaptation, Mitchell got right back into Hedwig’s heels to star and direct. She describes how she agreed to marry him only after extracting a promise from him to never perform as a woman again, and he bitterly resents her treatment of him. Der Kinostart von Hedwig and the Angry Inch ist unbekannt. The Angry Inch band that is present on the stage during the entire show plays an important role in making the story of Hedwig touring more realistic. [43], In 2002 and 2003, Zany Hijinx produced the show in Boston, MA with Gene Dante as Hedwig and Lisa Boucher as Yitzhak.[44]. In both productions, Hedwig was played by Chanudol Suksatit. The production netted a rave review from The New York Times and became a hot ticket, with both Bowie and Reed turning up to see it. The story draws on Mitchell's life as the child of a U.S. Army Major General who once commanded the U.S. sector of occupied West Berlin. April 4, 2008 saw a reprise, with Koji Yamamoto in the lead, again at the Shinjuku Face in Tokyo, spanning even more venues than the previous year. RuPaul's Drag Race season 5 winner Jinkx Monsoon also portrayed Hedwig in a Seattle production in 2013. Italian Premiere[37] of Hedwig and the Angry Inch by britisch Atrocity Tour in 2004: with original Atrocity Tour-Cast, produced by Alessio Rombolotti in association with Helen Merill NYC, Simone Stucchi - Sound Engineer, Production of the musical started on June 16, 2005 at Parco Theater, with a translation by Aoi Yoji, starring Hiroshi Mikami and Emi Eleonola. Die Handlung orientiert sich am Lebenslauf von Jayne County. The production ran for two years, and was remounted with various casts by the original creative team in other US cities. The setlists of Hedwig's first gigs included many covers with lyrics rewritten by Mitchell to tell Hedwig's story: Fleetwood Mac's "Oh Well"; Television's "See No Evil"; Wreckless Eric's "Whole Wide World"; Yoko Ono's "Death of Samantha"; Pere Ubu's "Non-Alignment Pact"; Cher's "Half Breed"; David Bowie's "Boys Keep Swinging"; Mott the Hoople's "All the Young Dudes"; and the Velvet Underground's "Femme Fatale." Eline Porto played Yitzhak, Diego Andrade on the drums, Fabrizio Iorio on the keyboards, Melvin Ribeiro on the bass, and Pedro Nogueira playing the guitar. Henry, Matthew. Hedwig dreamed of becoming an American rock star but after a botched sex-change operation that left her with an "angry inch" also left her uncertain of who or what she is. In performance, Hedwig has a cast of six—the four band members of the Angry inch, Lena Hall as Yitzhak (the role for which she won a Tony Award last year), and now, John Cameron Mitchell as Hedwig. John Cameron Mitchell has stated that while Hedwig is meant to be a queer voice, she is not meant to be specifically transgender: "Everyone knows that there is a metaphor with Hedwig. Hedwig and the Angry Inch ein Film von John Cameron Mitchell mit John Cameron Mitchell, Michael Pitt. Mitchell was deeply influenced by Squeezebox's roster of drag performers who performed rock covers. Meat Loaf covered "Tear Me Down" that same year on his album Couldn't Have Said It Better, modifying some of the lyrics (notably the spoken section about the Berlin Wall) so that the song is instead about Texas and Meat Loaf's own life. Hedwig, born male as Hansel in East Berlin, fell in love with an American G.I. [50][51] This production won several Tony awards, including Best Revival of a Musical,[52] Best Lead Actor in a Musical (Harris) and Best Featured Actress in a musical (Hall). Based on Mitchell's and Stephen Trask's 1998 stage musical Hedwig and the Angry Inch, it accompanies Hedwig Robinson, a genderqueer East Germanrock singer. She's forced into this [sex change] operation. The Canadian premiere was in 2001 in Toronto starring Ted Dykstra, with musical direction by Moe Berg of The Pursuit of Happiness. She wrote music and dated/mentored Tommy, a confused teen who eventually dumped her, stole her songs, and scored it big as a proto-Marilyn Manson. [citation needed], The show was also performed at the Edinburgh Fringe in 2015 at Greenside @ Royal Terrace by young company A Wicked Little Town with a positive reception. An earlier version of this article mischaracterized the play’s origins and has been updated to reflect this. "[35] On August 9, 2020, the production announced its intentions to present pre-premiere performances for small, socially distanced audiences, beginning October 2020.[36]. to Broadway, we trace the history of everyone’s favorite German transgender rock goddess That same day, it is announced that the Berlin Wall has fallen and Germany will reunite, meaning Hedwig's sacrifice was for nothing. After Harris departed the production, Andrew Rannells took over the role of Hedwig on August 20, 2014,[53] followed by Michael C. Hall, who played Hedwig from October 16, 2014, through January 18, 2015. Hedwig’s journey is recast as a flashback-heavy tour of shoddy seafood restaurants, which is really just a guise for stalking Tommy’s stadium tour. The character of Tommy, originally conceived as the main character, was based on Mitchell himself: both were gay, the sons of an army general, deeply Roman Catholic, and fascinated with mythology. The musical explores queer identity and challenges the notion of rock culture as being separate from live theatre. The Broadway production closed on September 13, 2015, after 22 previews and 507 regular performances. Slusarenko said that he fielded questions from Kim Deal of The Breeders about Black, her former bandmate in The Pixies, with whom she'd had limited conversation since the band's breakup in 1993. The character of Hedwig was inspired by a German divorced U.S. Army wife who was Mitchell's family babysitter and moonlighted as a prostitute at her trailer park home in Junction City, Kansas. Capitalizing on her notoriety from the incident, Hedwig determines to tell the audience her story ("Tear Me Down"). The story draws on Mitchell's life as the child of a U.S. Army Major General who once commanded the U.S. sector of occupied West Berlin. 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