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Hedwig and the Angry Inch (Broadway)

From 18 critic and 947 member reviews
Members say: Entertaining, Edgy, Great acting, Funny, Clever

About the show

Spend the evening with a transgender German rock singer in this Tony Award winning revival of the cult musical written by John Cameron Mitchell and Stephen Trask. More…

This cult classic rock musical about a fictional rock and roll band fronted by an East German transgender singer has moved uptown to Broadway. In this Tony Award winning revival, the iconic role has been taken over by Taye Diggs through October 11.

1h 35m | Already closed | Belasco Theatre (Midtown W)

The New York Times

"Foulmouthed, electrically tuneful and furiously funny, with explicit descriptions of its title character’s bungled sex-change operation and erotic adventures, “Hedwig” developed a cult following that kept it running off Broadway for two years, with subsequent production around the world." Full Review


"A spectacular revival...a rock concert with political as well as psychosexual overtones. What fun! ...The band may be wearing fashionable glam-rock costumes rather than ripped T-shirts and shredded jeans and safety pins in their nostrils, but the music (and the anger fueling it) is closer to punk rock and more in step with Hedwig’s nihilist inclinations." Full Review

The Huffington Post

"Everyone involved in Hedwig and the Angry Inch is doing outstanding work. Longtime fans are already aware of Stephen Trask's sizzling score. As played by this gritty and grinding band, it's as fresh and vital and as rafters-ringing as it's ever been." Full Review

Time Out New York

"Mitchell juices his 1998 script with topical jabs: dating sites, TMZ and Mark Rylance. Director Michael Mayer expertly balances the needs of a messy, punk protest with jaw-dropping visuals." Full Review

The Hollywood Reporter

"As to the question of how the scrappy, subversive 1998 cult performance piece about gender identity, transformation and pop mythology would sit on Broadway, the show, its protagonist and her pulse-pounding band tear up the Belasco stage like they own it. If screaming rock concert-style veneration is not your thing, stay home." Full Review

USA Today

"Mitchell has wittily updated the text to acknowledge its Main Stem bow, and there are also references to latter-day developments, from TMZ to The Hurt Locker (envisioned here, hilariously, as a musical). But Hedwig's tragicomic essence remains the same, and under Michael Mayer's razor-sharp direction, it is a blazingly entertaining and ultimately moving performance." Full Review

New York Daily News

"Transformation is tricky, sometimes even painful. But Broadway’s sensational “Hedwig and the Angry Inch” is a reminder that change doesn’t have to hurt. This raucous pop-rock musical — a show with proudly ratty downtown roots and rabid fans — survives and thrives uptown." Full Review


"'How does a slip of a girly-boy from Communist East Berlin become an internationally ignored song stylist?"This is the burning -- or at least heavily winking -- question asked and answered in "Hedwig and the Angry Inch," the Off-Broadway glam-rock comic musical sensation...The pertinent answers are that the unlikely Broadway show and its equally unlikely star are doing splendidly." Full Review

Chicago Tribune

If your memory of this brilliant 1998 rock musical is that it works best in a grungy joint, ideally where the floors are sticky, the seats half-empty and the air heavy with tragedy, there is much about director Michael Mayer's new Broadway production to pull you up short...Hedwig, you might say, has emerged triumphant after all these years of graft and toil." Full Review

Entertainment Weekly

"Just how edgy can Hedwig remain on the Great White Way? There is, after all, a bit of cognitive dissonance in a supposed outcast selling out a giant theater. While director Michael Mayer’s tricked-out production abandons the show’s seedy origins, there’s still a satirical edge that reflects the more upscale venue." Full Review

Daily Mail (UK)

"Taye Diggs' first night playing the beloved yet troubled transgender rocker from East Berlin was a success. The 44-year-old actor's performance - and no doubt his amazing physique - drew a standing ovation...While most know that Taye can act, they're finding out he has the singing voice and dance moves as well." Full Review

The Guardian (UK)

"Plays based on philosophical symposia don't come louder, lewder or more gorgeously original than Hedwig and the Angry Inch...If deliberately provocative and libidinous, Hedwig packs a stronger emotional wallop than most Broadway musicals. Despite the blaring sound mix, a few songs give you chills...what aural pleasure." Full Review


"As with any piece that is essentially a straight monologue by a single person, there are places where “Hedwig” slows down. But “Hedwig and the Angry Inch” is still the finest musical you’re going to see this year, about a transgendered Berliner with a chip on her shoulder." Full Review

The Upcoming (UK)

"The recent addition of accomplished stage and screen actor Taye Diggs as Hedwig is good news for even the most devoted fans of the cult classic, as there is much to be surprised, delighted and enlightened by in his portrayal...he commits wholeheartedly to the insecurities, complexities and idiosyncrasies of the role. Diggs’ natural presence exudes sexually dominant masculinity, making his willingness to explore the feminine experience a compelling risk – and it pays off." Full Review

AM New York

"The new setting affects the show’s credibility. Would a strange, struggling performer really be invited to perform on a Broadway stage? But as it is, this remains a wildly enjoyable production of one of the most exciting and inventive rock musicals of all time."   Full Review

New York Magazine / Vulture

"The enormous scale and professionalism of Michael Mayer’s production cuts two ways. It seems to think it’s a work of glam philosophy: part Rocky Horror, part Plato’s Symposium. But musicals do better to bury their abstractions, not animate and project them on scrims, however beautifully. Happily, Hedwig is plenty touching — and fun — most of the time." Full Review

New York Post

"“Hedwig” is a tricky animal: Framed like a concert, it requires a charismatic lead who can go wild during the most raucous numbers, but also handle long, narrative banter between the songs — and the occasional audience interaction." Full Review

Financial Times (UK)

"Like most rock ’n’ roll worthy of the name, however, especially when the word “wig” figures in the title, this production is primarily about hair...Adding to our enjoyment are Hedwig’s fanciful costumes. The physical production centred on a broken-down car, helps keep us engaged when the storytelling sags." Full Review

Absorbing, Clever, Delightful, Great acting, Great singing

See it if Watch a masterful piece of theater. Saw it with Neil Patrick Harris and he was outstanding!

Don't see it if Hate rock music! Hate original score!

Absorbing, Entertaining, Relevant, Must see

See it if Neil Patrick Harris. Hedwig rocks!

Don't see it if Afraid of living life out loud.

Funny, Great acting, Edgy, Great staging, Great singing

See it if You like edgier shows.

Don't see it if You are more straightlaced.

Ambitious, Great acting, Intense, Must see, Absorbing

See it if You want to see an amazing, edgy play.

Don't see it if you are not progressive in thought and mind or are easily offended.

Enchanting, Great acting, Great singing, Quirky, Riveting

See it if you want to be blown away (hehe) by incredible performances, an emotionally-charged story, and the best rock musical songs ever written

Don't see it if "raunchy" material (ie a man in drag playing a transgender woman humping an audience member's face) offends you

Romantic, Profound, Masterful, Hilarious, Raunchy

See it if you want to see a modern musical masterpiece.

Don't see it if you don't get it.

Thought-provoking, Romantic, Entertaining, Exquisite, Epic

See it if You love love!

Don't see it if You're a stick in the mud and hate people.

Entertaining, Clever, Funny, Great acting, Great singing

See it if you like something fun

Don't see it if no reason

Unique, Rock, Edgy, Lgbt

See it if you aren't into typical bway, are into rock music & open to being moved by a story you'd otherwise think you'd never be able to relate to.

Don't see it if ur looking for traditional bway music/staging. It's a rock show with an on-stage band lead by a trans woman sharing her funny/tragic life.

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Intelligent, Masterful, Profound, Hilarious, Epic

See it if want to see a piece of performance art unlike anything else. Saw both NPH and JCM. Both outrageously awesome in completely different ways.

Don't see it if if you don't want to rock out. Helps a lot if you prepare a head of time. Take the time to learn the show. Will enjoy it so much more.

Entertaining, Exquisite, Raunchy, Resonant

See it if You enjoy groundbreaking, spectacular and irreverent storytelling

Don't see it if You prefer more grounded, smaller scale theatre

Absorbing, Refreshing, Hilarious, Entertaining, Clever

See it if You enjoy rock n roll, larger than life wigs, and a tortured soul. This show will keep you entertained all the way through.

Don't see it if You don't like adult language or themes.

Clever, Funny, Great singing, Edgy, Entertaining

See it if I've seen this show over 50 times. It's an amazing show that should not be missed!

Don't see it if You don't like loud music. It is a Rock Musical.

Absorbing, Exquisite, Funny, Riveting, Quirky

See it if you like quirky, off-beat theatre. I saw all six Hedwigs and would do it again if it re-opened! Excellent music & very touching!

Don't see it if you are squeamish about gay storylines.

Absorbing, Great acting, Great staging, Edgy, Raunchy

See it if you enjoy intense rock music and absorbing performances.

Don't see it if you are easily offended and do not care for edgy, raunchy material.

Ambitious, Epic, Great acting, Great staging, Hilarious

See it if You love to see a man dressed as a woman and if you ar ready for a Trip.

Don't see it if You hate musicals.

Absorbing, Entertaining, Great acting, Great singing, Great staging

See it if You love NPH--because he is amazing (but you'll have to check out YouTube because he's long gone from the cast).

Don't see it if You're homophobic, like the people who sat next to me, cringed throughout the entire show and bolted before the curtain call

Clever, Delightful, Edgy, Great acting, Must see

See it if love rock music

Don't see it if you want a large cast

Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Funny, Profound, Clever

See it if You enjoy all-consuming, phenomenal acting that makes you feel as if the characters in front of you are real, and love rock music and depth.

Don't see it if You are traditional, conservative, and/or close-minded. But maybe even then see it; perhaps you will come out of it a changed person.

Must see, Great acting, Amazing, Incredible, Great singing

See it if You love great punk/rock music

Don't see it if You don't have an open mind

Entertaining, Funny, Great acting, Must see, Great singing

See it if You like shows with a lot of heart.

Don't see it if You get uncomfortable with people in drag.

Must see, Original, Profound, Refreshing, Intense

See it if you have a heart and love John Cameron Mitchell

Don't see it if If you need a big cast

Absorbing, Entertaining, Great writing, Hilarious, Must see

See it if you love rock musicals, are LGBT or ally, like well-written characters. Had the pleasure of seeing Michael C Hall as Hedwig, was blown away!

Don't see it if you dislike rock musicals, edgy humor or one man/woman shows.

Ambitious, Riveting, Must see, Raunchy, Thought-provoking

See it if You want to be a part of the best show ever put on stage

Don't see it if You have a stick in your...

Absorbing, Clever, Entertaining, Exquisite, Funny