Hedwig And The Angry Inch

Hedwig And The Angry Inch

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On Valentine's day, 1998, Hedwig and the Angry Inch opened to rave reviews, and the phenomenon that is Hedwig was born. This fierce rock musical, with its central metaphor inspired by Plato's Symposium, tells the story of Hedwig Schmidt, a "fourth wall-smashing, German rock & roll goddess who also happens to be the victim of a gruesomely botched sex-change operation" (Time Out). This unique and outrageous story, dazzlingly recounted by Hedwig (ne Hansel) in the form of a sleazy lounge act and backed by the rocking band "The Angry Inch", begins in the former East Berlin when Hansel meets Luther, an American GI who promises to take the young man back to the States on the condition that he change his sex and become Hedwig. This spectacular tale of abject love has been "knocking the socks off New York theater-goers with a much-needed jolt of twisted bathos and wigged-out histrionics" (The Advocate).show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 94 pages
  • 177.8 x 218.4 x 15.2mm | 317.52g
  • Overlook Press
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 1585670340
  • 9781585670345

About John Cameron Mitchell

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.show more

Review quote

KEYNOTE: “Visionary rock firepower! Hedwig may just reinvent the rock musical.” —Peter Travers, Rolling Stoneshow more

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681 ratings
4.25 out of 5 stars
5 52% (355)
4 28% (191)
3 15% (100)
2 4% (26)
1 1% (9)
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