“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.). This version of the musical updates the story to modern day and has Hedwig performing on the abandoned set of the fictional Hurt Locker: The Musical,[60] which closed the prior evening midway through its first performance. 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. The director was Michael Mayer with musical staging by Spencer Liff. In 2003, Chris Slusarenko's Off Records released an album called Wig in a Box, a charity tribute album which also included new material adding to the mythology of Hedwig. p. 64. John Cameron Mitchell, Michael Aronov, Andrea Martin, Miriam Shor, Stephen Trask, Theodore Liscinski und Rob Campbell mit. Dar Williams, who is a college friend of composer Stephen Trask, covered "Midnight Radio" on her 2008 album Promised Land. Mitchell embarked on the tour to raise money for medical costs related to his mother, who suffers from late-stage Alzheimer's. [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. Michael C. Hall Will Join Cast of HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH This Fall", "More Hedwig! Hedwig, born male as Hansel in East Berlin, fell in love with an American G.I. And the music is still as potent as ever, a brew of swaggering glam rock, mournful singer-songwriter ballads, and searing punk blasts. Hedwig and the Angry Inch opened in the West End at the Playhouse Theatre on Sept. 19, 2000 and closed on November 4, 2000, with Michael Cerveris.[13]. sugar daddy who offered to whisk him away to America under one condition: a sex change operation. [56] Darren Criss took over the role of Hedwig on April 29 and played until July 19, 2015. 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. Hedwig verbally abuses him throughout the evening, and it becomes clear that she is threatened by his natural talent, which eclipses her own. She’d smoke cigarettes in a tube top and capri pants and let him drink beer and act out pop songs in her trailer. Holly M Sypniewski, “The Pursuit of Eros in Plato’s Symposium and Hedwig and the Angry Inch,” International Journal of the Classic Tradition 15, 4 (2008): 558-563. 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. [5] The theater was located in the ballroom of the Hotel Riverview, which once housed the surviving crew of the Titanic (a fact which figured in the original production). "Follow My Voice: With the Music of Hedwig", a documentary about the making of the "Wig in a Box" benefit cd, profiled students from the Harvey Milk School. The timeline catches up to Hedwig and her band years later, as she shrieks out the whole sad story onstage at a seedy New York nightclub. 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. When she meets young Tommy Gnosis (Michael Pitt) the two bond until Tommy steals Hedwigs songs and become a huge rock star leaving Hedwig pathetically playing in the shadows. The gothic metal band Type O Negative covered "Angry Inch" on their 2003 album Life Is Killing Me. A performance of the musical Hedwig and the Angry Inch intended for the upcoming Sydney Festival was postponed due to fierce backlash over the casting of Hugh Sheridan, a … Luther falls in love with Hansel and the two decide to marry. Equal parts wounded tragedy, high-camp drama, and death-defying rock musical, the original Hedwig show blended concepts about gender and sexuality with a razored punk edge. ‡ In the original Off-Broadway production, this song was not sung by Yitzhak, but by the musical director Skszp. He goes on to become a wildly successful rock star with the songs Hedwig wrote alone and with him. Hansel's mother, Hedwig, gives Hansel her name and passport and finds a doctor to perform a sex change. (with Andreas Bieber - Hedwig and Anke Fiedler - Yitzak, Director and Costumedesign - Torsten Fischer, Hedwigs Band: Drums - Markus Adamer; Bass - Matthias Petereit - Guitar: Harry Peller - Guitar & Keyboards: - Bernhard Wagner), German Translation - Gerd Koester & Herbert Schaefer). This version of Hedwig was completely translated into Spanish. John Cameron Mitchell schrieb den Text des Musicals und war später auch Regisseur und Hauptdarsteller des Films. It was also nominated for Best Costume Design for a Musical (Arianne Phillips), who also did the costumes for the original 2001 film. The original production won a Village Voice Obie Award and the Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Off-Broadway Musical. On their first wedding anniversary, Luther leaves Hedwig for a man. [46] A revival of the production, beginning in December 2012 and continuing through August 2013,[47] featured eight actors nightly in the lead role.[48]. In spring of 2011, English-language Prague theatre AKANDA staged Hedwig and the Angry Inch at Iron Curtain Club, with Jeff Fritz as Hedwig and Uliana Elina as Yitzhak. It was for this occasion that Mike Potter first designed Hedwig's trademark wig, which was initially constructed from toilet paper rolls wrapped with synthetic blond hair. Further productions in Canada included a sold out 2007 production by Pickled Productions, and a 2009 Toronto production by Ghost Light Projects. This article is about the musical. Ben Jelen covered Hedwig's version of "Wicked Little Town" on his 2004 album Give It All Away. The two built the foundation for Hedwig for over a year, incorporating far-reaching and idiosyncratic inspirations: Plato’s symposiums, Bob Fosse’s Cabaret, and malleable gender performances from the glam-rock era. "She's more than a woman or a man," he has said. Hedwig and the Angry Inch didn’t exactly begin as a story about a flamboyant rocker, but instead a meek Army general’s son. Over the next four years, Mitchell and Trask developed Hedwig and the Angry Inch into a full-fledged production, with Trask providing original songs and playing Skszp, Angry Inch’s bandleader. © 2020 Condé Nast. Hedwig and The Angry Inch was originally presented at the Westbeth Theatre Center on February 27, 1997 by David Binder. [64] Various newspapers have commented favorably on the faux Playbills, both as an element of the musical and as a piece separate from the musical itself. Lena Hall played Yitzhak, Hedwig's husband, until April 2015. Hedwig recovers from the separation by creating a more glamorous, feminine identity for herself ("Wig in a Box Lyrics") and forming a rock band she calls The Angry Inch. Producers of dramedy Hedwig and the Angry Inch have put the play’s 2021 Sydney Festival season on hold after members of the LGBTQIA+ community complained Sheridan wasn’t … [54][55] The production then featured co-creator John Cameron Mitchell, who returned to the role from January 21 to April 26, 2015. The musical opened Off-Broadway in 1998, and won the Obie Award and Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Off-Broadway Musical. [4] Lena Hall performed the song at her final show during the sound check. The Turkish premiere was in 2016 in Istanbul featuring Yilmaz Sutcu as Hedwig and Ayse Gunyuz as Yitzhak, with direction by Baris Arman at Kazan Dairesi. 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. p. 239-258. In both productions, Hedwig was played by Chanudol Suksatit. The creators of the show Hedwig and the Angry Inch have weighed in to a casting row that led to the producers of an upcoming Australian production pulling the show from January’s Sydney festival. Nick Sugar’s history with Hedwig and the Angry Inch goes back eight years. https://www.ticketmaster.com/hedwig-and-the-angry-inch-tickets/artist/836699 Rebel’s friend Hugh Sheridan was cast in the lead role of Hedwig … The show premiered in Western Canada with simultaneous productions in Edmonton and Vancouver in April 2003. Raised by an emotionally distant single mother after her father, an American soldier, abandoned the family, Hansel takes solace in her love of western rock music. Badisches Staatstheater Karlsruhe. A new production premiered in Bremen on June 19, 2014, In May 2020, Hedwig and the Angry Inch was planned to make its Israeli premiere at the Cinema City Theatre, in Hebrew and with Roi Dolev as Hedwig, and featuring wigs by original Broadway wig designer Mike Potter. The 2014 Broadway production received eight 2014 Tony Award nominations: Best Revival of a Musical, Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical (Neil Patrick Harris), Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical (Lena Hall), Best Scenic Design of a Musical (Julian Crouch), Best Costume Design of a Musical (Arianne Phillips), Best Lighting Design of a Musical (Kevin Adams), Best Sound Design of a Musical (Tim O'Heir) and Best Direction of a Musical. The Canadian premiere was in 2001 in Toronto starring Ted Dykstra, with musical direction by Moe Berg of The Pursuit of Happiness. Where the show could only gesture towards Kansas and Germany, the film cuts in archival footage of the Berlin Wall and sets Hedwig’s prismatic wigs against the drab Midwest desert. [70], In 2001, John Cameron Mitchell adapted, directed and starred in a film adaptation of the musical, also named Hedwig and the Angry Inch. [43], In 2002 and 2003, Zany Hijinx produced the show in Boston, MA with Gene Dante as Hedwig and Lisa Boucher as Yitzhak.[44]. ), The Bens (Ben Folds, Ben Lee and Ben Kweller), They Might Be Giants and Robyn Hitchcock. [39][40][41] A new edition of the musical started August 31, 2019, at Tokyo Ex Theater Roppongi, with Neko Oikawa's lyrics, Kenji Urai as the main character, and Avu Barazono as Yitzhak; and with DURAN (Gt), YUTARO (Ba), Kusunose Takuya (Dr), Hideyuki Ohashi (Gt), Akane Otsuka (Key) as members of the band THE ANGRY INCH.[42]. Each were once round, two-headed, four-armed, and four-legged beings. This becomes possible when, in her 20s, she meets Luther Robinson, an American soldier ("Sugar Daddy") who convinces her to begin dressing in drag. Standing onstage at SqueezeBox! It was then put on again in Mongkol RCA Studio in June, 2014. 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. “We’re all freaks, we’re all losers at some point in our life,” Mitchell once told Out of Hedwig’s universality. There, he met Helga, a German-born Army wife who lived in a trailer park and worked as a prostitute. Spoilers ahead. There were another 7 performances scheduled for February 2014 in Brasilia and Recife, finalizing the Brazilian Hedwig project with a total of 100 performances. However, in the 2014 Broadway Revival, Yitzhak sings the song instead. [62] Faux Playbills for the musical are littered throughout the theater and discuss various elements of the musical, which Hedwig occasionally mentions offhand throughout the musical. It’s a love story from Hedwig to herself: She takes the bullshit of her past and present and uses it as kindling to create a future unbound by rules or binaries, then offers you the same peace should you need it. On February 15, 2007, a new on-stage version was released, starting at Shinjuku Face in Tokyo, translation by Kitamaru Yuji and starring Koji Yamamoto. Die FSK-Einstufung ist unbekannt. Henry, Matthew. In one of the best, at the women’s festival Menses Fair, the camera pans across a Stonehenge of porta-potties on a misty hill until it finally settles on a slapdash stage where Hedwig is relegated, drowned out by a folk song and playing to a solitary goth girl. This was the first adaptation where there were two actors simultaneously playing Hedwig onstage. “But the operation is botched, and Hedwig’s angry inch refers to his anatomical stump created by the surgeon’s inept knife.” Hedwig goes to live in Junction City, Kansas, as Luther's wife. It was the start of a lifelong friendship that would lead to this darkly funny rock musical—first an off-Broadway hit, then a cult film and Tony-winning Broadway production—about an “internationally ignored song stylist” with an ax to grind against her superstar ex-boyfriend. Angry gods split these early humans in two, leaving the separated people with a lifelong yearning for their other half. At the musician’s suggestion, the protagonist shifted to a drag character, a disappointed singer who’s left in the dust. Photo by Christine Fisk. At peace, Hedwig departs the stage as Yitzhak takes over her final song, dressed fabulously in drag ("Midnight Radio"). 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. In 1990, Mitchell was an aspiring playwright and erstwhile actor en route to New York from Los Angeles when he met musician Stephen Trask, the only other person not watching the in-flight movie. The show was produced by TheatreLAB and Spin, Spit & Swear in Richmond, Virginia in October 2014. Ad Choices, Revisiting Hedwig and the Angry Inch, A Drag Rock Fantasy That Was Ahead of Its Time. Gender Bender: An Oral History of ‘Hedwig and the Angry Inch’ From SqueezeBox! "[35] On August 9, 2020, the production announced its intentions to present pre-premiere performances for small, socially distanced audiences, beginning October 2020.[36]. [19], On March 23, 2006 Hedwig and the Angry Inch premiered at Metropol Wien[20] in Vienna. Hedwig’s journey to a whole sense of self, realized at the end of the film in an ambiguously Lynchian rebirth, isn’t about living between male and female, or any of her tortured romances. A One-Inch Mound of Flesh: Troubling Queer Identity in Hedwig and the Angry Inch, 2016, The same production reopened in São Paulo on August 26, 2011, and ran until October 16, 2011, for a total of 25 performances, now with actors Pierre Baitelli and Felipe Carvalhido playing Hedwig. [citation needed]. The material on this site may not be reproduced, distributed, transmitted, cached or otherwise used, except with the prior written permission of Condé Nast. Then and now, she is an avatar of outsiderness—not only for queer audiences who recognize themselves, but also those drawn to her all-embracing, icily hilarious personality. She was loosely inspired by a German female babysitter/prostitute who worked for Mitchell's family when he was a teenager in Junction City, Kansas. In addition to songs from Hedwig, the show also includes numbers from Mitchell's musical podcast Anthem: Homunculus, his film How to Talk to Girls at Parties, and covers from artists like David Bowie. At one point Hedwig finds the theme for a song from the show, "When Love Explodes" and lets Yitzhak sing it, but stops him before he can sing the last note (the one exception being Lena Hall's final night). Hedwig and the Angry Inch is a rock musical with music and lyrics by Stephen Trask and a book by John Cameron Mitchell. 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. Capitalizing on her notoriety from the incident, Hedwig determines to tell the audience her story ("Tear Me Down"). 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. It’s a narrative tweak that foregrounds Mitchell’s cutting sense of humor, filling out the story’s edges with constant sight gags. They made contact soon after, and Pixies reunited the following spring. The movie loses none of the story’s heart in its shift to the screen. 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. 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. Released in 2001, the film is a beam of pure camp spectacle, full of sumptuous backdrops and shot through with the underdog spirit of the original. With the film’s success, Hedwig’s story effectively cracked the early-2000s straight-man’s world it was born into, finding its audience by imagining a one-of-a-kind individualism. 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. [79] The show's authenticity, and its use of characters outside the usual hetero-normative constraints of theatre, was also remarked upon.[80][79]. 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. Atrocity Tour by Rose Tinted Productions played 2004 at the following Venues: with Hedwig - Matthew Tapscott and Yitzhak - Mel Farmery, The Angry Inch: Skszp - Steve Lockwood (bass and MD), Schlatko - Lee Farmery (drums), Jacek - Tesco (guitar), Krzyzhtof - Stu (guitar), Hlava - Marcus Lane (keyboards),[15] Creative Team: John Lynch - Artistic Director and Producer, Paul Howse - Lighting Design, Special Effects, Jim Craig - Stage Manager, Steve Lockwood - Musical Director, Leanne Edwards - Choreography, Wanda MacRae - Original Make Up and Wig Design, Pete Mathers - Sound Engineer, UK shows produced by Rose Tinted Productions by arrangement with Josef Weinberger Ltd[16], Atrocity Tour also played in Italy in November 3–14, 2004 at Teatro Ariberto, Milan. It was directed by Katherine Linton and produced by the Sundance Channel and is now available on DVD. All rights reserved. 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"). The musical follows Hedwig Robinson, a genderqueer East German singer of a fictional rock and roll band. Hedwig and the Angry Inch premiered Off-Broadway at the Jane Street Theatre on February 14, 1998, and closed on April 9, 2000, after 857 performances. Jake Mendes as Hedwig. Also, one nomination for Best Musical in a Brazilian adaptation for the Prêmio Contigo de Teatro.[21]. (Hedwig’s queerness aside, Mitchell cast actress Miriam Shor as her aggrieved ex-drag queen husband/backup singer, further challenging the audience’s assumptions about gender in theater and rock’n’roll.) Future Kings of Spain covered "Angry Inch" for the b-side of their 2003 single, "Hanging Around". Hedwig and the Angry Inch is a 2001 American musical comedy-drama film written for the screen and directed by John Cameron Mitchell. On November 24, 2012, John Cameron Mitchell performed a concert with the Brazilian Hedwig cast and guests and there were another two performances of Hedwig in Rio, November 23 and 25, and 4 performances in Fortaleza, November 29, 30, December 1 and 2, 2012. This story has been shared 5,179 times. He reluctantly agreed but the surgery was botched, leaving our protagonist with the titular “angry inch” of flesh. 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. A national tour of the show began at San Francisco's Golden Gate Theatre in October 2016 before closing at the Kennedy Center in July 2017.[2]. Im Film spielt u.a. Hedwig tells her life story, which began when she was Hansel Schmidt, a "slip of a girlyboy" growing up in East Berlin. This plan will allow Hansel to leave communist East Germany for the capitalist West. 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. [61] Hedwig explains that because it closed so quickly, she was able to convince one of the producers to allow her to use what would have been an otherwise empty and unused stage. 'Despite all the amputations, you could dance to the rock and roll station': Staging authenticity in Hedwig and the angry inch, 2007, Occasionally Hedwig opens a door onstage to listen to Gnosis's concert, which is playing in an adjoining venue. In May 2019, Hedwig and the Angry Inch makes its New Zealand premiere at Christchurch's The Court Theatre with Adam Rennie taking the lead role. For the film, see, CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (, Henry, Matthew. Mitchell, Trask, and the band Cheater (Jack Steeb, Chris Wielding, Dave McKinley, and Scott Bilbrey) continued to workshop material at venues such as Fez Nightclub and Westbeth Theater Center for four years before premiering the completed musical Off-Broadway in 1998. The musical follows Hedwig Robinson, a genderqueer East German singer of a fictional rock and roll band. The movie makes this more of an Epileptic Trees type theory, but it is not impossible., Crowning Music of Awesome: The Origin of Love and Midnight Radio., Ear Worm: "Six inches forward, five inches back, I've got a, I've got an angry inch. Rechristened Hedwig, she was plopped down in Junction City and soon left to fend for herself. Hedwig subsequently develops a relationship with a younger man, Tommy, becoming his mentor and musical collaborator, only to have Tommy steal her music and become a rock star. Hedwig befriends the brother of a child she babysits, shy and misunderstood Christian teenager Tommy Speck, who is fascinated by a song she writes with him in mind ("Wicked Little Town"). [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. The film is based on the true story of Hedwig (John Cameron Mitchell), a transsexual woman who was born a boy in Communist Germany. 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. The production ran for two years, and was remounted with various casts by the original creative team in other US cities. Hall portrayed the title role of Hedwig once a week for eight performances, making her the first actor to play both Hedwig and Yitzhak in the same production. It's not a choice. 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." Harris stayed in the production through August 17, 2014. [64][65], A national tour of the 2014 Broadway production began at San Francisco's Golden Gate Theatre on October 4, 2016, starring Darren Criss as Hedwig and Lena Hall as Yitzhak respectively. § This song is performed by Tommy Gnosis, who is meant to be portrayed by the same actor as Hedwig. In 2014, the show saw its first Broadway incarnation, opening that April at the Belasco Theatre and winning the year's Tony Award for Best Revival of a Musical. 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