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Hedwig and the Angry Inch

John Cameron Mitchell

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ISBN 13: 978-1-4683-0864-8
Trim Size: 5 3/8 x 8 1/4

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On Valentine’s Day 1998, Hedwig and the Angry Inch opened off-Broadway to rave reviews, revitalizing the rock musical while engendering a die-hard cult following, and the phenomenon of Hedwig was born. In 2001, the mesmerizing film adaptation was released to equally glowing reviews.

Brilliantly innovative and oddly endearing, Hedwig and the Angry Inch—inspired by Plato’s Symposium—is the story of “internationally ignored song stylist” Hedwig Schmidt, the victim of a gruesomely botched sex-change operation, as dazzlingly recounted by Hedwig (née Hansel) herself in the form of a lounge act, backed by the rock band The Angry Inch.

Praise for Hedwig and the Angry Inch:

Hedwig 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.”—Peter Marks, The New York Times

“Sublimely trashy and surprisingly powerful.” —Los Angeles Times

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

“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.”—Stephen Holden, The New York Times

“An original rock musical . . . with ferocious energy and with enough sexual variety to match late Fellini!”—Roger Ebert, The Chicago Sun-Times

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

John Cameron Mitchell is an actor and director who has performed 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). He recently appeared in HBO’s Girls as Hannah’s ebook editor. He wrote, directed, and starred in the film adaptation of Hedwig, which won prizes at the Berlin, Deauville, San Francisco, and Sundance film festivals. He also directed the film adaptation of David Lindsay-Abaire’s Rabbit Hole (Academy Award nomination for Best Actress).

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, which originated the role of The Angry Inch off-Broadway as well as for the original cast recording and in the film. He has scored numerous films, including Dreamgirls, The Station Agent, The Little Fockers, The Back-up Plan, Lovelace: The Inside Story of Deep Throat, and Admission.

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