Who's never had a rock-n-roll fantasy? Hedwig, an East German "slip of a girly boy" claws her way across the Berlin wall to the land where dreams really do come true. Dwayne's Range, a tattered country music bar outside Philips Arena, may not seem fertile ground, but armed with an arsenal of AquaNet and a throbbing rhythm section, Hedwig dares the world to "Try and tear me down". Beyond the dancing fans, under the inches of makeup, and deep inside the words of her songs, Hedwig shows us all the path to real self-acceptance and love.
Hedwig and The Angry Inch opened off-Broadway at the Jane Street Theatre on February 14, 1999 and closed on April 9, 2000. During its run, four different actors played Hedwig: John Cameron Mitchell, Michael Cerveris, Ally Sheedy and Matt McGrath. Since then, it has been staged in Halle Kalk (Germany), London, Toronto, Reykjavik (Iceland), and Makati (Manila) as well as in 30 US States.
This groundbreaking Obie-winning Off-Broadway smash also won multiple awards for its hit film adaptation in 2000, by New Line Productions, Inc. Hedwig and The Angry Inch tells the story of an "internationally ignored" rock singer, Hedwig, and her search for stardom and love. Born a boy named Hansel whose life's dream is to find his other half, Hedwig reluctantly submits to a sex change operation in order to marry an American G.I. and get over the Berlin Wall to freedom. The operation is botched, leaving her with the aforementioned "angry inch". Finding herself high, dry and divorced in a Kansas trailer park, she pushes on to form a rock band and encounters a lover/prot�g� in young Tommy Gnosis, who eventually leaves her, steals her songs and becomes a huge rock star.
A bitter yet witty Hedwig with her backing band, The Angry Inch, shadows Tommy's stadium show, performing in a country-western bar that's seen better days. Through a collage of songs, flashbacks and animation, Hedwig tells her life story. Somewhere between the fast food and the cramped motel rooms, between the anguish and the acid-wash, she pursues her dreams and discovers the origin of love.
Gefatar/Lead and Acoustic Guitar