Origin of Hedwig

SYNOPSIS.

"The most wholly rounded piece of Rock theatre we have seen in years"
David Bowie.

Hedwig and the Angry Inch is an everyday tale of Gummi Bears, betrayal, a botched sex change operation, and the quest to find true love.
This outrageous and unexpectedly hilarious rock musical tells the story of Hansel Schmidt, a slip of a girly-boy from communist East Berlin who becomes Hedwig Robinson, ‘the internationally ignored song stylist barley standing before you’. Her journey to find true love, and her other half, takes her across the Berlin Wall, across the world and from man to woman.

Hedwig tells her unique and heartfelt story directly to the audience in the form of an extended monologue. The concept of the stage production is that the audience are watching Hedwig’s musical act as she follows rock-star, Tommy Gnosis’s, much more successful tour, around the country.
Hedwig’s love for philosophy and rock music is captured brilliantly in the song “The Origin of Love, based on Aristophanes’ speech in Plato’s Symposium. This explains that human beings were once round, two headed, four armed, and four–legged beings. Angry gods split these early humans in two, scared that they would become to powerful, leaving the separated people with a lifelong yearning for their other half. Hedwig believes that Tommy Gnosis is her soul mate and that she cannot be whole without him. She feels driven to either reunite with him or destroy him.

With eleven brilliantly written rock musical songs by Stephen Trask that are steeped in the androgynous 1970s glam rock era of David Bowie, John Lennon and early punk godfathers Lou Reed and Iggy Pop, Hedwig and the Angry Inch is a roller-coaster ride, funny, touching, emotionally draining and above all ultimately inspiring to anyone who feels life has given them an inch when they deserved a mile.
A brutally honest piece of musical theatre that will run deep into your soul, long after this East German rock goddess has left the building.

HEDWIG HISTORY.

“The first rock musical that truly rocks”
Rolling Stone Magazine.

There has not been a show since Rocky Horror that has had the impact on rock musical Theatre like Hedwig and the Angry Inch. First presented at the Westbeth Theatre Centre on 27th February 1997, it then opened Off – Broadway at the Jane Street Theatre on February 14th 1998. The Jane Street Theatre was located in the ballroom of the Hotel Riverview, which once housed the surviving crew of the Titanic. This production was an instant success and was awarded the Village Voice OBIE Award, the Outer Circle Award for Best Off–Broadway Musical and nominated for four Drama Desk Awards, including Outstanding Musical, Lyrics, Music and Actor (John Cameron Mitchell). The cast album was also nominated for a Grammy for Best Musical Show Album. The Off–Broadway production ran for two years and then continued to tour all over the United States with the LA production being produced by David Bowie. Other productions include London’s West End and shows in Canada, Iceland, Spain, Italy, Philippines, France, South Korea, Peru, Australia and many more.
In 2001, New Line Cinema released the Feature Film of Hedwig and the Angry Inch, which won two awards at the Sundance Film Festival (Directors Award and Audience Award) and over eighteen International and USA film awards including The Berlin International Film Festival’s prestigious Teddy Award for Best Picture and Best Foreign Film at the British International Film Festival.
Produced Off–Broadway by Peter Askin, Susann Brinkley and James B. Freydberg at the Jane Street Theatre where it opened under the direction of Peter Askin.
Originally produced in New York by David Binder in association with the Westbeth Theatre Centre, Arnold Engelman, producing Director.

HEDWIG CREATORS.

“Sensational! Hedwig is a Phenomenon!”
The New York Times.

John Cameron Mitchell -Text

John Cameron Mitchell is a Golden Globe nominated writer, actor and director.
His first New York appearance was in the Broadway musical Big River in 1985. He created the role of Dickon on Broadway in The Secret Garden, and appeared in the original cast of the Off Broadway musical Hello Again. He received Drama Desk nominations for both roles and can be heard on the original cast recordings. He appeared in the original cast of Six Degrees of Separation Off and on Broadway and starred in Larry Kramer’s Destiny of Me, for which he received a Village Voice Obie Award and a Drama Desk nomination. He is a founding member of the Drama Department Theatre Company, for which he adapted and directed a production of Tennessee Williams’ Kingdom of Earth.
He has guest starred on many television shows including MacGyver, Head of the Class, Law and Order, The Equalizer, Our House and was a regular cast member on the 1997 Fox sitcom Party Girl.
His film roles include Halloween, the lead role in My Father’s Son: The Legacy of Alcoholism, One More Saturday Night, Band of the Hand, Book of Love, Girl Six.
As a writer it is for his motion pictures Shortbus and Hedwig and the Angry Inch, along with composer Stephen Trask, that John Cameron Mitchell is best known. He created the role of Hedwig in the Obie Award winning Off Broadway production in 1998 and three years later directed and starred in the feature film version for which he won Best Director at the 2001 Sundance Film Festival. His performance was nominated for a Golden Globe as Best Actor in a Musical or Comedy.
As a writer it is for his motion pictures Shortbus and Hedwig and the Angry Inch, along with composer Stephen Trask, that John Cameron Mitchell is best known. He created the role of Hedwig in the Obie Award winning Off Broadway production in 1998 and three years later directed and starred in the feature film version for which he won Best Director at the 2001 Sundance Film Festival. His performance was nominated for a Golden Globe as Best Actor in a Musical or Comedy.

“If you hate musicals, Hedwig and the Angry inch is the musical for you”
The Sun Herald.

Stephen Trask – Music and Lyrics

Stephen Trask is an award-winning musician and composer, who graduated from Wesleyan University.
He was the musical director and house band member at the New York drag club Squeezebox, where he performed with such stars as Debbie Harry, Lene Lovich and Joey Ramone.
He composed the music and lyrics for the Off Broadway stage production of Hedwig and the Angry Inch and also the film version in 2001. In the show, Trasks real-life band Cheater performed as Hedwig’s band “The Angry Inch”.
He received the Obie Award for the play and a Grammy nomination for the film. In addition, he has written the music for the 2003 films Camp and The Station Agent.

Love is composed of a single soul inhabiting two bodies.
Aristotle.