Hedwig and the Angry Inch ~ Neil Patrick Harris ~ Broadway ~ 05.04.14
2014 Tony Award® Winner Neil Patrick Harris stars on Broadway in HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH , John Cameron Mitchell and Stephen Trask's landmark American musical, directed by Tony Award® winner Michael Mayer (Spring Awakening). Heartbreaking and wickedly funny, this raucously entertaining show has inspired a generation.
Hedwig and the Angry Inch is a rock musical about a fictional rock and roll band fronted by an East German transgender singer. The musical premiered in 1998 and has been performed throughout the world in hundreds of stage productions.
The story draws on Mitchell's life as the son of a U.S. Army Major General who once commanded the U.S. sector of occupied West Berlin.
The character of Hedwig was originally inspired by a German divorced U.S. Army wife who was a Mitchell family babysitter and moonlighted as a prostitute at her Junction City, Kansas, trailer park home.
The music is steeped in the androgynous 1970s glam rock era of David Bowie (who co-produced the Los Angeles production of the show), as well as the work of John Lennon and early punk godfathers Lou Reed and Iggy Pop.
The musical opened Off-Broadway in 1998, and won a Village Voice Obie Award and the Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Off-Broadway Musical. The Off-Broadway production ran for two years, and was remounted with various casts by the original creative team in Boston, Los Angeles, and London.
This production includes 25-minutes of bonus songs at the end of the show.
When Neil Patrick Harris goes on vacation, Andrew Rannells, who is best known to theatre audiences for his hilarious, Tony-nominated turn as Elder Price in The Book of Mormon, will step into the high heels of transgender glam rocker Hedwig — the role created on Broadway by Tony winner Neil Patrick Harris — beginning Aug. 20 in the Tony-winning revival of Hedwig and the Angry Inch at the Belasco Theatre.
The Omaha, NE, native, in fact, has a history of being part of Tony-winning productions: The boyishly handsome singing actor made his debut on The Great White Way in 2005 when he joined the cast of the 2003 Tony-winning Best Musical Hairspray.
Run time: 120m (including 25-min bonus features)
B&W / Color: Color
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