Review by Lauryn Angel
Hedwig and the Angry Inch is less Broadway musical, more rock concert – including a dazzling light show and costume changes. Hedwig (Euan Morton) holds nothing back. The show is definitely for mature audiences, and it’s also a hell of a lot of fun.
The premise is that Hedwig is performing on the stage of the failed musical Hurt Locker, adjacent to the arena show of her former lover, Tommy Gnosis. Bitter and jealous, Hedwig tells us her story, accompanied by her husband/assistant Yitzak (Hannah Corneau) and band, The Angry Inch. Hedwig tells her story, from her youth as a boy in East Berlin, through a botched sex change operation, to various heart-breaks. The story is ultimately about the nature of love and its various forms.
Morton and Corneau are fantastic performers, and the story is made timely not only by references to what’s happening on the national stage, but by references to local celebrities. At the performance I attended, Morton made sport throughout the evening of an unfortunate latecomer to the show, so it’s safe to say that every performance will be a bit different.
Hedwig and the Angry Inch is fantastic from beginning to end and fully deserved the standing ovation it received when I saw it on Tuesday. The show runs through Sunday, 12 February at the Winspear Opera House, and it is not to be missed!