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Hedwig and the Angry Inch

by Drew Jackson
Monday Feb 13, 2017
Hedwig and the Angry Inch

"Hedwig and the Angry Inch," the Broadway musical rockfest that opened Tuesday night at the Winspear Opera House, turned the elegant opera house into a down and dirty punk venue.

This exciting, sometimes thrilling, R-rated rock opera, fueled by a rowdy, raucous responsive crowd, rocked the opera house for nearly two rad hours.

This giant "Hedwig" has taken a long time to strut across a large Dallas stage. The musical premiered off-Broadway in 1998, and a 2001 film adaptation followed. Then there was the 2014 Broadway premier that nabbed four Tonys including Best Revival of a Musical as well as Tonys for its two actors Neil Patrick Harris and Lena Hall.

But all the above was worth the wait. "Hedwig And The Angry Inch" (John Cameron Mitchell) is bold and hilarious and features a star turn by Euan Morton as the genderqueer title character.

Hedwig is a marathon character. The show is nearly two hours long and plays without an intermission. Hedwig virtually is on stage the entire show and sings all the songs. Morton is marvelous.

"Hedwig and the Angry Inch" is a complex rock opera. Yes, the show has only two characters, but "Hedwig" features multiple layers in which to enjoy the show.

First, you can benefit from the show as a concert, or in other words a show within a show. Hedwig is the front man for a '70s-style glam rock band called 'The Angry Inch.' When you combine this with Hedwig's name, you get "Hedwig and the Angry Inch."

There are four players in the band plus Hedwig and Yitzhak (Hannah Corneau), Hedwig's husband. "Hedwig and the Angry Inch" play the original songs (Stephen Trask) in between stories that Hedwig tells breaking down the fourth wall.

Another way to experience "Hedwig" is to enjoy both the music and the stories that Hedwig shares with the audience. The stories are autobiographical and will make you laugh and cry. They include Hedwig's childhood, a botched sex change and her relationship with a young man who stole all of Hedwig's songs and became a rock star.

Finally, you can delve deep into Hedwig's psyche to discover the two most important issues that motivate him. Hedwig dreams of love. He also dreams of wanting to be whole.

If you like your musicals with some androgynous rock and roll check out "Hedwig and the Angry Inch."

"Hedwig and the Angry Inch" runs through February 12 at the Winspear Opera House in Dallas. For information or tickets, call 214-880-0202 or visit www.attpac.org

Drew Jackson was born in Brooklyn and has been writing ever since he graduated from NYC. He now lives in Dallas happily married to his husband Hugh. Jackson is currently working on his next play.


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