Hedwig and the Angry Inch

Music & Lyrics: Stephen Trask

Book: John Cameron Mitchell

Hedwig and the Angry Inch tells the story of transsexual rocker Hedwig Schmidt, an East German immigrant whose sex change operation has been botched and who finds herself living in a trailer park in Kansas. Based on an immigrant woman who used to baby-sit for librettist John Cameron Mitchell while turning tricks in her Kansas trailer, Hedwig finds herself lost and alone, lashing out in rebellion against her physical and emotional mutilation, all the while motivated by an overpowering desire to find her "other half," whoever or whatever that might be.

A poignant meditation on loneliness, gender confusion and the romantic notion that sex is an effort to reconnect two halves of one ideal being, Hedwig and the Angry Inch features an exciting rock 'n' roll score by composer Stephen Trask.

Hedwig and the Angry Inch opened its official Off-Broadway run on February 14, 1998, at the Jane Street Theatre in the old Hotel Riverview, a relic near the Hudson River that once sheltered the surviving crew of the Titanic. The show has been embraced by critics and audiences alike, quickly becoming something of a cult classic. New Line Cinema has purchased the movie rights and plans to bring Hedwig to the big screen.

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