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Music and Lyrics by Stephen Trask
The groundbreaking long-running off-Broadway smash featuring "internationally ignored song stylist" Hedwig now also an award-winning film "with ferocious energy and with enough sexual variety to match late Fellini!" Roger Ebert, The Chicago Sun-Times
On Valentine's Day, 1998, Hedwig and the Angry Inch opened off-Broadway to rave reviews and the phenomenon that is Hedwig was born. In the summer of 2001, John Cameron Mitchell and Stephen Trask's brilliant film adaptation was released to equally glowing reviews. "If the glam-rock era is long gone, Hedwig reminds us, its subversive spirit, which has percolated under the surface of rock culture for more than two decades, lives on," wrote Stephen Holden in The New York Times.
Inspired by Plato's Symposium, Hedwig tells the story of "internationally ignored song stylist" Hedwig Schmidt, the victim of a gruesomely botched sex-change operation, and is dazzlingly recounted by Hedwig (n e Hansel) in the form of a sleazy lounge act, and backed by the rocking band, "The Angry Inch." Innovative, inspired, and oddly endearing, Hedwig is a spectacular love story that has been "knocking the socks off New York theater-goers with a much-needed jolt of twisted bathos and wigged-out histrionics." (The Advocate)
Winner of the Obie Award for Outstanding Off-Broadway Musical and the Sundance Film Festival Audience Prize.
John Cameron Mitchell is an actor and director who has performed onstage in the original Broadway production of Six Degrees of Separation, The Secret Garden (Drama Desk nomination), and The Destiny of Me (Obie Award, Drama Desk nomination). Most recently, he wrote, directed, and starred in the film adaptation of Hedwig, which was released in 2002 to critical acclaim, including prizes at the Berlin, Deauville, San Francisco, and Sundance film festivals.
Stephen Trask was one of the original members of the notorious Squeeze Box House Band, performing with Debbie Harry, Hole, Green Day, and many others. For five years, he performed with his band Cheater, who originated the role of The Angry Inch Off-Broadway and for the original cast recording and film.
"Hedwig brings theater alive with the pounding sounds of rock and the funny-sad voicing of a painful past." The New York Times
"In the whole long, sorry history of rock musicals, Hedwig and the Angry Inch is the first one that truly rocks." Rolling Stone