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Hedwig and the Angry Inch

Hedwig and the Angry Inch
Your Price: $17.95 CDN
Author: John Cameron Mitchell
Music by: Stephen Trask
Publisher: Dramatists Play Service (cover may change)
Format: Softcover
# of Pages: 42
Pub. Date: 2003
Edition: Acting
ISBN-10: 0822219018
ISBN-13: 780822219019

About the Play:

Winner of the 2014 Tony Award for Best Revival of a Musical

Hedwig and the Angry Inch is a full-length comedic drama with text by John Cameron Mitchell, music and lyrics by Stephen Trask. A rock musical about a fictional rock and roll band, the Angry Inch, fronted by Hedwig – an East German transgender singer. This groundbreaking Obie-winning Off-Broadway smash also won multiple awards for its hit film adaptation.

Hedwig and the Angry Inch tells the story of "internationally ignored song stylist" Hedwig Schmidt, a fourth-wall smashing East German rock 'n' roll goddess who also happens to be the victim of a botched sex-change operation, which has left her with just "an angry inch." This outrageous and unexpectedly hilarious story is dazzlingly performed by Hedwig (née Hansel) in the form of a rock gig/stand-up comedy routine backed by the hard-rocking band "The Angry Inch." Using songs and monologues, Hedwig tells her story, which began in the former East Berlin where as Hansel he meets Luther, an American GI who promises to take the young man to the States on the condition that he switch his sex. After the bungled operation, Luther abandons newly named Hedwig in a Kansas trailer park where she turns to music and meets geeky Tommy Speck, whom she takes under her wing and soon falls for. Tommy steals her songs, achieves rock star fame, and Hedwig is once again cast aside. She decides to demand redress and stalks Tommy's world tour, performing in the T.G.I. Friday's that are situated next door to his stadiums. Hedwig describes her life's search for "The Origin of Love" and her other half. It's a rocking ride, funny, touching and ultimately inspiring to anyone who has felt life gave them an inch when they deserved a mile.

Hedwig and the Angry Inch made its debut on the stage of Squeezebox, a New York City rock 'n' roll drag bar. The show then premiered Off-Broadway in 1998, receiving rave reviews. It won the Obie Award and Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Off-Broadway Musical. The production ran for two years, and was remounted with various casts by the original creative team in other US cities. In 2000, the musical had a London West End production, and it has been produced throughout the world in hundreds of stage productions. In 2014 it had its first Broadway production, winning the Tony Award for Best Revival of a Musical.

Cast: 1 female, 1 male

What people say:

"Hedwig and the Angry Inch brings theater alive with the pounding sounds of rock 'n' roll and the funny sad voicing of a painful past…it is also an adult, thought-provoking musical about the quest for individuality…the kind of Rocky Horror Picture Show-style event that may inspire a rabid cult following." — The New York Times

"Sublimely trashy and surprisingly powerful." — Los Angeles Times

"In the whole long, sorry history of rock musicals, Hedwig and the Angry Inch is the first one that truly rocks." — Rolling Stone

"The most exciting rock score written for the theater since, oh, ever!" — Time Magazine

About the Playwright:

John Cameron Mitchell is an American actor, writer and director, best known for his stage play and film Hedwig and the Angry Inch.