The Story
Hedwig And The Angry Inch
Music & Lyrics
STEPHEN TRASK

Book
JOHN CAMERON MITCHELL
Hedwig (who once was a boy named Hansel) is a Berlin singer whose sex-change operation left her with an "angry inch" and a taste for eyeliner. He lost part of himself to East Berlin when he came to America. Once there, he lost the rest to Tommy Gnosis. The musical is Hedwig's retelling of his life, accompanied by his band "The Angry Inch."

PHOTOS
Original Production
2014 Broadway Production
Artworks/ Posters

VIDEOS
Neil Patrick Harris, Lena Hall, and company perform "Sugar Daddy" on the Tony Awards.

MUSIC
Wig In A Box
Neil Patrick Harris
2014 Broadway Cast Recording

THE STORY

SYNOPSIS

The story is told by Hedwig directly to the audience in the form of an extended monologue. The conceit of the stage production is that the audience are watching the character Hedwig's musical act she follows rockstar Tommy Gnosis's (much more successful) tour around the country. Occasionally Hedwig references Gnosis's concert which is playing in an adjoining venue.

Hedwig's band (including the character of Yitzhak) appears on stage for practically the entire duration of the musical, as does Hedwig herself.

Hedwig tells of Hansel, an East German "slip of a girlyboy" who loves philosophy and rock music, is stuck in East Berlin until he meets Luther Robinson, a U.S. soldier. Luther falls in love with Hansel and the two decide to marry. This plan will allow Hansel to leave communist East Germany for the capitalist West. However, in order to be married, the couple must consist of a man and a woman. Hansel's mother, Hedwig, gives her child her name and passport and finds a doctor to perform a sex change. The operation is botched, however, and her surgically constructed vagina heals closed, leaving Hansel ? now Hedwig ? with a dysfunctional one-inch mound of flesh between her legs, "with a scar running down it like a sideways grimace on an eyeless face."

Hedwig goes to live in Junction City, Kansas as Luther's wife. On their first wedding anniversary, Luther leaves Hedwig for another man. That same day, it is announced that the Berlin Wall has fallen and Germany will reunite.

Hedwig recovers from the separation by forming a rock band composed of Korean-born Army wives, which she names "The Angry Inch". Hedwig befriends a shy and misunderstood Christian teenager Tommy Speck, with whom she writes some songs. Hedwig gives him the stage name "Tommy Gnosis", but he later leaves her and goes on to become a wildly-successful rock star with the songs Hedwig wrote alone and with him. "Internationally ignored" Hedwig and her Angry Inch are forced to support themselves by playing coffee bars and strip mall dives.

The song "The Origin of Love", based on Aristophanes' speech in Plato's Symposium, explains that human beings were once round, two-headed, four-armed, and four-legged beings. Angry gods split these early humans in two, leaving the separated people with a lifelong yearning for their other half. Hedwig believes that Tommy is her soul mate and that she cannot be whole without him. She feels driven to either reunite with him or destroy him.

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CAST & CREATIVES
Creative
Producer DAVID BINDER, JAYNE BARON SHERMAN, BARBARA WHITMAN, LATITUDE LINK, PATRICK CATULLO, RAISE THE ROOF, PAULA MARIE BLACK, COLIN CALLENDER, RUTH HENDEL, SHARON KARMAZIN, MARTIAN ENTERTAINMENT, STACEY MINDICH, THE SHUBERT ORGANIZATION
Direction MICHAEL MAYER
Musical Staging SPENCER LIFF
Scenic Design JULIAN CROUCH
Costume Design ARIANNE PHILLIPS
Lighting Design KEVIN ADAMS
Sound Design TIMOTHY O'HEIR
Cast
Hedwig NEIL PATRICK HARRIS
Yitzhak LENA HALL
Creative
Producer ALICE'S ENTERTAINMENT, JBF PRODUCING CORP., WESTSIDE THEATRE
Direction PETER ASKIN
Choreography JERRY MITCHELL
Scenic Design JAMES YOUMANS
Costume Design FABIO TOBLINI
Lighting Design KEVIN ADAMS
Sound Design WERNER F.
Cast
Hedwig / Tommy Gnosis JOHN CAMERON MITCHELL
Hedwig / Tommy Gnosis (February 24, 1999 Replacement) MICHAEL CERVERIS
Yitzak MIRIAM SHOR
Jacek SCOTT BILBREY
Krzyzhtoff CHRIS WEILDING
Shlatko DAVE McKINLEY
Skshp STEPHEN TRASK
MUSICAL NUMBERS
THE SONGS

Tear Me DownHedwig and the Angry Inch
The Origin of LoveHedwig and the Angry Inch
Random Number GenerationHedwig and the Angry Inch
Sugar DaddyHedwig and the Angry Inch
Angry InchHedwig and the Angry Inch
Wig in a BoxHedwig and the Angry Inch
Wicked Little TownHedwig and the Angry Inch
The Long GriftHedwig and the Angry Inch
Hedwig's LamentHedwig and the Angry Inch
Exquisite CorpseHedwig and the Angry Inch
Wicked Little Town (Reprise)Hedwig and the Angry Inch
Midnight RadioHedwig and the Angry Inch

The Band's Visit
Good Vibrations
Baghdaddy
SIGHTS & SOUNDS

Original Production
2014 Broadway Production
Artworks/ Posters

Neil Patrick Harris, Lena Hall, and company perform "Sugar Daddy" on the Tony Awards.

The Origin of Love Stephen Trask Original Cast Recording
Wig In A Box Neil Patrick Harris 2014 Broadway Cast Recording

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