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Hedwig and the Angry Inch

 

Hedwig and the Angry Inch is playing at the Belasco Theatre.  It is located at 111 West 44th Street.  The musical runs one hour thirty minutes with one intermission.  It is an open ended show.

The musical opened Off Broadway in 1998 and won a Village Voice Obie Award and Outer Critics Circle award for Best Off Broadway musical.  It ran for two years.

The musical was nominated for six 2014 Tony Awards and won four.  It won for Best Revival of a Musical, Best Lighting, Neil Patrick Harris Best Actor and Lena Hall Best Feature Actor.

In the role Patrick played is Andrew Rannells until October 12, 2014.  Michael C. Hall takes over the role thru November 23, 2014.

Andrew Rannells was nominated for a Tony Award for “Book of Mormons” (2011).  He won a Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album.

Michael Mayer is the director.  He won a Tony Award for “Spring Awakening” (2007).

Arianne Phillips is the costume designer.  She was nominated for two Oscars for “Walk the Line” (2006).

Hedwig (Andrew Rannells) is addressing the audience.  She thanks them for coming to the show and tells them about the theatre and ghost.   There are four musicians on stage with her including her companion Yitzhak (Lena Hall), who plays guitar.  She grew up in East Germany.  Her original name was Hansel.   He fell in love with a US soldier.  In order to leave the country he has  to be  married to the soldier. So he has his sex  to change to be a women.  Handel's mother gives him her name and passport.  Hence Handel becomes Hedwig.  However the surgery goes wrong and his new female part closes up leaving her with an “Angry Inch”!

The show revolves around her performance on stage and telling of her life.

What is she like, well go see the show. It’s well worth it.  What can I say great costumes, wigs, songs, performance all in ninety minutes?

Andrew Rannells movements are great. Sometimes raunchy and yes the F word is used a lot, Oh my!!! He does a fantastic job.  His heels are not as high as the ones in Kinky Boots.   Yes there are more wigs then you can count on all your fingers.

Lena Hall does an outstanding job.

Review by Rozanna Radakovich

Photos by Annazor.

To read a candid interview with the cast, scroll down to the left for recent photos.  Click on recent photos for this and other shows.

  

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