Rock Musical Hedwig and the Angry Inch at Costa Mesa Playhouse
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The cult transgender rock musical _Hedwig and the Angry Inch _comes to the Costa Mesa Playhouse. The book was written by John Cameron Mitchell with music & lyrics by Stephen Trask. Stephen Hulsey is both director and musical director.
First premiering off-Broadway in 1998 after being workshopped for four years in assorted rock and drag clubs, Hedwig and the Angry Inch was based on characters and incidents in Mitchell’s own life. It won a Village Voice Obie Award and the Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Off-Broadway Musical. Mitchell also played Hedwig and went on to star in and direct the award-winning 2001 film version.
The musical is presented as a rock concert/stand-up comedy gig by outrageous transgender singer Hedwig and his rock-n-roll band, the Angry Inch, a name inspired by Hedwig’s own botched sex change operation. A brutally honest musical theatre experience, Hedwig and the Angry Inch is a roller-coaster ride; funny, touching, emotionally draining and ultimately inspiring to anyone who feels life has given them an inch when they deserved a mile.
The New York Times said, “Hedwig and the Angry Inch brings theatre alive with the pounding sounds of rock and the funny sad voicing of a painful past. It is also an adult, thought-provoking musical about the quest for individuality.” Time magazine called the music “the most exciting hard rock score written for the theatre since, oh, ever.”
Hedwig is portrayed by Dennis Tong, and her drag queen boyfriend Yitzhak is played by Alissa Sanchez. The Angry Inch band consists of Stephen Musselman, Chris Luebeck, Nathan Atwater, Curtis Baxter and director Stephen Hulsey.
_ Please Note: This show features mature themes not intended for minors. Parents are highly advised to review the show before letting their children attend. _*