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. 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. ‡ In the original Off-Broadway production, this song was not sung by Yitzhak, but by the musical director Skszp. 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There were another 7 performances scheduled for February 2014 in Brasilia and Recife, finalizing the Brazilian Hedwig project with a total of 100 performances. © 2020 Condé Nast. 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 … 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. Eline Porto played Yitzhak, Alexandre Griva on the drums, Fabrizio Iorio on the keyboards, Patrick Laplan on the bass, and Pedro Nogueira playing the guitar. The show got rave reviews in the Netherlands. 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]. Jake Mendes as Hedwig. Hedwig, which opened to raves off-Broadway in 1998, has spawned productions from Manila to Iceland.A film version was inevitable and, I thought, inevitably awful. 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. Actors who played Hedwig in this Off-Broadway production included Michael Cerveris, Donovan Leitch, Ally Sheedy, Kevin Cahoon, Asa Somers,[6] and Matt McGrath.[7]. 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. Capitalizing on her notoriety from the incident, Hedwig determines to tell the audience her story ("Tear Me Down"). won a Joseph Jefferson Award for Best Actor) and Maggie Duerden (née Bartlett) - Yitzhak, The Angry Inch: Skszp - Steve Lockwood (bass and MD), Schlatko - Mark Dean (drums), Jacek - Michel Davis (guitar), Krzyzhtof - Tony Marchant (guitar), Hlava - Marcus Lane (keyboards)[18], In the summer of 2010, the show was staged at the George Square Theatre in Edinburgh, Scotland, as part of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Gender Bender: An Oral History of ‘Hedwig and the Angry Inch’ From SqueezeBox! Nominated for Best Actor (Pierre Baitelli) and Best Musical direction (Danilo Timm and Evandro Mesquita) at the Prêmio Shell de Teatro. 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. This production won the Best of San Miguel Theatre Award for 2011. Rechristened Hedwig, she was plopped down in Junction City and soon left to fend for herself. 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. It was directed by Katherine Linton and produced by the Sundance Channel and is now available on DVD. 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. 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. [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. Direction was by Peter Askin and musical staging by Jerry Mitchell, with Hedwig initially played by John Cameron Mitchell and Yitzhak played by Miriam Shor. 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. Im Film führt John Cameron Mitchell Regie. Though Mitchell had never done drag or sang in a band, he inhabited the pithy German mannerisms and performative bravura instantly, earning high praise from club regulars. 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. Photo by Christine Fisk. some 20 years later, that brief memory of Helga spun out into Hedwig’s winged Farrah Fawcett wig, towering heels, and torn fishnet stockings. [45], A San Francisco production at Boxcar Theatre in summer 2012 featured twelve actors, male and female and of multiple ethnicities, portraying Hedwig in each show. Hedwig and the Angry Inch ist im Genre Komödie angesiedelt. Parodying The Hurt Locker Hedwig explains that a musical version of the story only ran for a single night before closing during intermission, and that she has convinced a producer to let her perform in what would otherwise be an empty stage. “We’re all freaks, we’re all losers at some point in our life,” Mitchell once told Out of Hedwig’s universality. Hedwig and the Angry Inch didn’t exactly begin as a story about a flamboyant rocker, but instead a meek Army general’s son. 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. Hedwig became the story's protagonist when Trask encouraged Mitchell to showcase their earliest material in 1994 at NYC's drag-punk club Squeezebox, where Trask headed the house band and Mitchell's boyfriend, Jack Steeb, played bass. 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. They agreed the piece should be developed through band gigs in clubs rather than in a theater setting in order to preserve a rock energy. 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. The Theatre Network production in Edmonton—directed by Bradley Moss and featuring Michael Scholar, Jr. as Hedwig and Rachael Johnston as Yitzhak—opened April 1 and was held over until April 27. John Cameron Mitchell, Michael Aronov, Andrea Martin, Miriam Shor, Stephen Trask, Theodore Liscinski und Rob Campbell mit. There, he met Helga, a German-born Army wife who lived in a trailer park and worked as a prostitute. [32][33] However, the COVID-19 pandemic forced the production to postpone its opening. 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. 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. On their first wedding anniversary, Luther leaves Hedwig for a man. Link in bio to get the track on Apple Music.…, "Medley of Hedwigs in 'Hedwig and the Angry Inch, "TheatreLAB and Spin, Spit & Swear present Hedwig and the Angry Inch", "Lena Hall Cast in Broadway's 'Hedwig and the Angry Inch'; Neil Patrick Harris Extends Run", "Broadway production slightly alters original Off-Broadway version of 'Hedwig and the Angry Inch'; Head Over Heals for Hedwig", "Following Neil Patrick Harris' Departure, Andrew Rannells Will Step Into Hedwig's High Heels", "Broadway Gets a New Hedwig! This version of Hedwig was completely translated into Spanish. In June 2014, Sven Ratzke (as Hedwig) brought the Berlin Production of Hedwig and the Angry Inch for a three-week run to Amsterdam (location: De Kleine Komedie), Utrecht (Stadsschouwburg Utrecht) and Eindhoven (Parktheater Eindhoven). Mitchell's second gig was as fill-in host at Squeezebox on a bill featuring singer Deborah Harry of Blondie. Luther falls in love with Hansel and the two decide to marry. 'Despite all the amputations, you could dance to the rock and roll station': Staging authenticity in Hedwig and the angry inch, 2007, She’d smoke cigarettes in a tube top and capri pants and let him drink beer and act out pop songs in her trailer. 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. Other notable figures who have portrayed Hedwig include Donovan Leitch, Jr., the glam-rocker son of sixties folk-rock composer Donovan. Further productions in Canada included a sold out 2007 production by Pickled Productions, and a 2009 Toronto production by Ghost Light Projects. The show is performed without an intermission. (There’s even a Hedwig indie rock tribute album.) The play was translated by Jonas Calmon Klabin and directed by Evandro Mesquita, with musical direction by Danilo Timm and Evandro Mesquita. Today the movie stands as Hedwig’s purest depiction, as vulgar and unfettered as intended. [74] Instead of a conventional transgender narrative that looks at an individual's account of gender dysphoria, Hedwig and the Angry Inch focuses on the main character's journey of finding love “by looking within.”[75] Academics[76] have also recognised the link between Hedwig's search for her ‘other half' and Plato’s ‘Origin of Love’, one of Hedwig's numbers. In both productions, Hedwig was played by Chanudol Suksatit. [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]. [54][55] The production then featured co-creator John Cameron Mitchell, who returned to the role from January 21 to April 26, 2015. In August 2010, a Brazilian adaptation of Hedwig and the Angry Inch premiered in Rio de Janeiro, with Paulo Vilhena and Pierre Baitelli playing Hedwig. Ben Jelen covered Hedwig's version of "Wicked Little Town" on his 2004 album Give It All Away. When Mitchell was 14, his family settled for a time near a base in Junction City, Kansas. Other bands who participated in "Wig in a Box" were Yo La Tengo featuring Yoko Ono, Sleater-Kinney featuring Fred Schneider (of The B-52's), Jonathan Richman, Rufus Wainwright, Polyphonic Spree, Spoon, Imperial Teen, Bob Mould, Cyndi Lauper with The Minus Five (featuring Peter Buck of R.E.M. Hedwig and the Angry Inch Critics Consensus. In April 2011, the show was staged in San Miguel de Allende and was presented in both English and Spanish simultaneously. When the operation fails leaving Hedwig with and angry inch, his GI husband abandons him in Kansas and Hedwig is left to fend for himself by doing a series of side gigs. After a successful 2013 run and a New Year's Eve performance, Roxy Theatricals presented the production from January 17 to February 1, 2014 at The Legacy Theatre in Springfield, IL. Hedwig recovers from the separation by creating a more glamorous, feminine identity for herself ("Wig in a Box") and forming a rock band she calls The Angry Inch. Hedwig doesn't speak for any trans community, because she was, you know, mutilated. At peace, Hedwig departs the stage as Yitzhak takes over her final song, dressed fabulously in drag ("Midnight Radio"). 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. RuPaul's Drag Race season 5 winner Jinkx Monsoon also portrayed Hedwig in a Seattle production in 2013. Alternate Character Interpretation: The stage show is sometimes interpreted to say that Tommy and Hedwig are the same person. [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 musical opened Off-Broadway in 1998, and won the Obie Award and Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Off-Broadway Musical. The music is steeped in the androgynous 1970s glam rock style of David Bowie (who co-produced the Los Angeles production of the show), as well as the work of John Lennon and early punk performers Lou Reed and Iggy Pop. [33] Shortly after, the production released a single recorded in quarantine,[34] which was praised by author Stephen Trask as "one of the best Wicked Little Town versions ever. 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. 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 … 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. It was presented off-Broadway at the Jane Street Theatre on February 14, 1998 by Peter Askin, Susann Brinkley, James B. Freydberg. The material on this site may not be reproduced, distributed, transmitted, cached or otherwise used, except with the prior written permission of Condé Nast. After a year off-Broadway, Mitchell started turning the role over to different actors, owing to the sheer physical cost of embodying the character every night. She is aided and hindered by her assistant, back-up singer and husband, Yitzhak. They collaborate on songs and begin a relationship. 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. Winner of Best Actor (Pierre Baitelli and nominated for Best Production (Oz), Best Director (Evandro Mesquita), and Best Actress (Eline Porto) at the Prêmio Arte Qualidade Brasil. 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. Mitchell’s careening vocals go from a Meat Loaf howl to a tender coo; in one of his best performances, on “Wicked Little Town,” he recalls a world-weary ’70s troubadour and cuts to the bone. (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). Ad Choices, Revisiting Hedwig and the Angry Inch, A Drag Rock Fantasy That Was Ahead of Its Time. 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. sugar daddy who offered to whisk him away to America under one condition: a sex change operation. 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. 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. [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). Spoilers ahead. 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. The Broadway production closed on September 13, 2015, after 22 previews and 507 regular performances. [66][67] Hall and Criss ended their run on November 27, 2016. The film follows Hedwig and … Hedwig and the Angry Inch is a 2001 American musical comedy-drama film written for the screen and directed by John Cameron Mitchell. The CD also features comedian Stephen Colbert reciting the spoken introduction to Tear Me Down. However, in order to be married, the couple must consist of a man and a woman. That message continues to resonate powerfully for a new generation of genderqueer audiences; just last month the soapy CW drama Riverdale used songs from the movie for their annual musical episode. 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 Signature Theatre in the Washington DC area produced the show in 2002. 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. [69], In 2019 John Cameron Mitchell created and starred in The Origin of Love Tour: The Songs and Stories of Hedwig, a stripped down performance focusing on the music and first-person stories about the creation of the original off-Broadway production. The film is based on the true story of Hedwig (John Cameron Mitchell), a transsexual woman who was born a boy in Communist Germany. This was the first adaptation where there were two actors simultaneously playing Hedwig onstage. However, in the 2014 Broadway Revival, Yitzhak sings the song instead. 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. 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. "She's a gender of one and that is accidentally so beautiful."[3]. [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. [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). But the settled past became the urgent present in January when the acclaimed director unleashed a spectacular new version at the Aurora Fox that seamlessly joined past and present like two sides of a missing whole. ), The Bens (Ben Folds, Ben Lee and Ben Kweller), They Might Be Giants and Robyn Hitchcock. The musical was praised by Rolling Stone as the first rock musical to “truly rock”. 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. Hedwig goes to live in Junction City, Kansas, as Luther's wife. [73] It adds to the increasing number of mainstream films and media that questions dichotomous views on sex and gender. Hansel's mother, Hedwig, gives Hansel her name and passport and finds a doctor to perform a sex change. The show was produced by TheatreLAB and Spin, Spit & Swear in Richmond, Virginia in October 2014. A German glam rendition of Debby Boone's "You Light Up My Life" once served as the musical's finale. John Cameron Mitchell schrieb den Text des Musicals und war später auch Regisseur und Hauptdarsteller des Films. John Cameron Mitchell’s off-Broadway show turned cult film turned cultural phenomenon offers a space for everyone in its outsider story. Hansel is determined to search for her other half, but is convinced she will have to travel to the West to do so. 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It's not a choice. 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. [4] Lena Hall performed the song at her final show during the sound check. Der Kinostart von Hedwig and the Angry Inch ist unbekannt. By the time the show opened at the Jane Street Theater in 1998, its lurid backstory was set: Born in East Germany the year the Berlin Wall went up, Hedwig (née Hansel) became obsessed with gender-bending glam and punk gods like David Bowie, Lou Reed, and Iggy Pop via American Armed Forces radio. One of the bonus tracks of Damn Skippy, "Pirate In A Box" by Lemon Demon, is a parody of Wig In a Box. 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. 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