NEAR SELL OUT PRESALES OF SMASH HIT MUSICAL PROMPT EXTRA OCTOBER 4TH, 10pm SHOW TO BE ADDED TO RUN OF HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH, RETURNING TO OTTAWA’S GLADSTONE THEATRE, FOR 5 SPECIAL ENCORE PERFORMANCES – OCTOBER 1-4
This Obie award-winning, groundbreaking Off-Broadway smash hit musical follows the journey of ‘internationally ignored’ East German rock-goddess Hedwig Schmidt on a gender-bending quest for ‘The Origin Of Love’, after a botched sex change operation raises questions about identity and individuality. Funny and touching, outrageous and inspiring, this powerful and thought-provoking rock musical will prove that ‘to be free, one must give up a little part of oneself. The score includes memorable tunes “Tear Me Down,” “Wig in a Box,” “Wicked Little Town” and “Angry Inch.”
Hedwig And The Angry Inch originally premiered at off-Broadway’s Westbeth Theatre on March 9, 1997, starring John Cameron Mitchell as Hedwig.The musical was adapted into a movie of the same name in 2001, starring and directed by Mitchell. A smash hit Broadway revival, now playing in New York, starring Neil Patrick Harris recently won the Tony Award for Best Revival Of A Musical.
Originally presented at the Gladstone in April 2014, Vanity Project Productions’ smash hit production returns by popular demand and due to critical acclaim.
Local Reviews from the April run of Hedwig And The Angry Inch:
“The place was packed with young and old, It is the theatre event of the season…don’t miss Tim Oberholzer in Hedwig and the Angry Inch. You will regret it…”
– Alvina Ruprecht – Capital Critics Circle
“Tim Oberholzer as Hedwig, the title character in the rock opera about a transgendered person whose life and sex change surgery have both gone horribly wrong, is nothing short of extraordinary.”
– Patrick Langston – Capital Critics Circle
“This is a rocking good show that exceeded my expectations, delighted my guest, and had the audience singing, clapping and waving their hands. I’m usually very sparing in my ovations, but I stood with the rest of the audience in appreciation.”
– Brian Carroll, Apt. 613
“Had Oberholzer not cut off the applause to make an announcement at the end of the show, I believe it would have kept going all night – or at least until the band caved in and played us some more fantastic music. Hedwig and the Angry Inch is campy fun with a heart.”
– Valerie Cardinal, Onstage Ottawa
“From the moment that Hedwig, played by Tim Oberholzer, appears on stage, the crowd is sucked in by an overwhelming electricity that immediately manifests itself by tapping feet and bopping heads. “
– Sonia Blanchette, The Charlebois Post
The artistic team, cast and crew return including Stewart Matthews (Die Zombie Die, How It Works, Pinocchio) who directs an Ottawa cast featuring Tim Oberholzer (2013 Rideau Award Nominee, Emerging Artist) as Hedwig (Ethan Claymore, Age Of Arousal, Evil Dead: The Musical); and Rebecca Noelle of The PepTides (RENT, Footloose) as Yitzhak. Musical director Steven Lafond (2013 Rideau Award Nominee, Emerging Artist) drums for The Angry Inch, which is comprised of Stewart Matthews on guitar, Marc Connor on bass, and Scott Irving on keyboards. Hedwig And The Angry Inch features sound design by Steven Lafond, lighting by David Magladry; Set design by Stewart Matthews, Wig, hair, and make-up design by Annie Lefebvre; and is stage managed by Jess Preece (2013 Rideau Award Nominee, Emerging Artist).
Hedwig And The Angry Inch
Text by John Cameron Mitchell
Music and Lyrics by StephenTrask
October 1-4, 2014
Wednesday–Saturday at 7:30 p.m, Saturday at 10 p.m.
Adult: $25 / Senior (65+): $20 / Student/Artist/Unwaged: $20
Other Critical Acclaim for Hedwig And The Angry Inch:
“The most exciting rock score written for the theatre since, oh ever!” – Time Magazine
“In the whole long, sorry history of rock musicals, HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH is the first one that truly rocks.” – Rolling Stone Magazine
“HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH brings theatre alive with the pounding sounds of rock ‘n roll and the funny, sad voicing of a painful past… it is also an adult, thought-provoking musical about the quest for individuality… the kind of Rocky Horror Picture Show-style event that may inspire a rabid cult following. ” – The New York Times
The Gladstone. 910 Gladstone Ave. Ottawa ON K1R 6Y4