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Costa Mesa Playhouse
at Rea Elementary School 661 Hamilton Street Costa Mesa, CA 92627
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We ate at a wonderful Vietnamese restaurant called the Lantern Cafe. It's a 5 minute drive from the theater and the food was excellent.
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Be sure to visit the costume room and snack bar for some great snacks and coffee.
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"Hedwig and the Angry Inch"
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4.5 average rating
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3 stars
attended Jul 01 2012

Such an amazing show, I had to see it twice. Thank you Goldstar!

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attended Jun 08 2012

The show was wonderful! They weren't just musical theater actors trying to rock, they sang the music the way it was supposed to be sung. Each member of the band had his own character and it showed. They were amazing. Yitzhak was awesome, the girl...

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28 stars
attended Jun 23 2012

I am a person who did not follow the music of this era.
I don;t think my opinion will be valid. I enjoyed the general story. However, I could not hear most of the words of the songs as the band drowned out the singers.
The lead, Hedwig was a...continued

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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. _*

About the Ticket Supplier: Costa Mesa Playhouse

The Costa Mesa Playhouse is a 73-seat, not-for-profit, Community Theater that has been serving greater Orange County for over 40 years. The Playhouse is dedicated to presenting affordable, quality, live theater in a comfortable and intimate setting, and to offering the talented actors, singers, dancers, and stage craftspeople of Orange County a welcoming environment in which to practice their craft. With a season running from September through June and five productions per season, the Playhouse offers a diverse array of plays and musicals to our theatergoing public.