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Hedwig and the Angry Inch

Members say: Entertaining, Edgy, Funny, Great acting, Clever
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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. ... Read 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.

 


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100
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

100
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

100
Variety

"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

80
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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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Newsday

"'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

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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

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WNBC

"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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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Avg Score

96
Absorbing, Great acting, Must see, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if you like a poigniant rock musical about much more than a transgender rock star. Brilliant!!

Don't see it if you don't like unconventional

90
Delightful, Hilarious, Entertaining, Great singing, Great staging

See it if JCM was amazing.

Don't see it if you won't, it closed.

94
Original, Edgy, Great acting, Raunchy, Relevant

See it if you enjoy rock music and appreciate original storytelling with a downtown NYC vibe, and the chance to see JCM reprise this juiciest of roles

Don't see it if you're a trumpeter who worships at the altar of Mike Pence.

88
Edgy, Intense, Entertaining, Great singing, Great staging

See it if You're a fan of whoever is playing Hedwig (I saw Michael C. Hall, who was incredible). You want to sit agape for the whole show, in awe.

Don't see it if You are easily overwhelmed if there is too much going on (the costumes! the sets! the singing! the story line that tackles a lot!).

100
Funny, Absorbing, Exquisite, Quirky, Riveting

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.

83
Absorbing, Ambitious, Exquisite, Great writing, Entertaining

See it if you like rock music and want to see a weird and powerful show.

Don't see it if load rock music is not your thing or if you are very conservative.

51
Edgy, Disappointing, Cliched, Overrated, Great singing

See it if If you like the performer and enjoy rock music.

Don't see it if if you want a well thought out storyline or don't like the topic.

93
Great acting, Masterful, Great writing, Great singing

See it if Taye was AMAZING! Fun show.

Don't see it if You have issues with gender and sexuality.

90
Original, Delightful, Edgy, Resonant, Hilarious

See it if you love a powerful rock/pop score or a show that is truly hilarious/heart-breaking. Also, if you happen to live near one of the tour stops

Don't see it if you prefer lighter, more family-friendly shows. This is definitely not one to bring the kids to see.

97
Edgy, Great acting, Raunchy, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if you love the story, the film, John Cameron Mitchell, or the principal actors involved. Darren Criss and Rebecca Naomi Jones: A+

Don't see it if You dislike raunchy musicals or rock music, you are easily offended.

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82
Funny, Absorbing, Overrated, Entertaining, Great staging

See it if Fun and energetic show. Pretty much a one man show but still fun.

Don't see it if You are looking for a deep story

40
Original, Edgy, Raunchy, Disappointing, Horrible sound design

See it if You want to be one of the hip cool kids who's all over Hedwig.

Don't see it if You need to actually hear what they're singing to appreciate a musical. Worst sound design I've ever encountered.

80
Ambitious, Great writing, Hilarious, Entertaining

See it if You have never seen the show before and love original stories and engaging rock scores. As a first introduction to the musical it's great.

Don't see it if You love the original production and its downtown edginess. Even though some of the changes seem minor, it lost some of its bite uptown.

89
Absorbing, Edgy, Intelligent, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if You love to be entertained and use your mind at a musical at the same time.

Don't see it if You hate loud music

90
Delightful, Masterful, Raunchy, Great writing, Hilarious

See it if John Cameron Mitchell: glorious, loopy, queenly, crippled, marvelous.

Don't see it if you're turned off by the late 90s gender-essentialism the show still sticks with

88
Funny, Clever, Quirky, Entertaining, Great staging

See it if you enjoy raunchy humor thrown in with a serious storyline and rock music. Cult classic.

Don't see it if talking about sexuality makes you uncomfortable.

91
Relevant, Entertaining, Fun, Engaging, High energy

See it if with either Neil Patrick Harris, or the creator John Cameron Mitchell who will blow your mind. They were amazing.

Don't see it if don't like the 80's and drag.

80
Edgy, Thought-provoking, Quirky, Riveting, Indulgent

See it if you love an an edgy cult classic with a heart.

Don't see it if you have issues with sex, sexuality, or gender.

85
Original, Clever

See it if you want something completely unlike anything else on Broadway

Don't see it if you want a traditional musical

95
Edgy, Masterful, Refreshing, Great writing

See it if you enjoy character study, rock musicals, high energy, lgbtq portrayals. Especially see it if NPH or JCM ever come back to it.

Don't see it if you're homophobic; you prefer big companies.

94
Ambitious, Exquisite, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Entertaining

See it if you want a tour-de-force performance by a man in six-inch heels

Don't see it if you are stuck to the gender binary

83
Ambitious, Edgy, Intense, Quirky, Disappointing

See it if like rock alternative musicals on the cutting edge.

Don't see it if if you saw the original at the Jane St. theatre, a tiny rundown theatre where the show truly belongs. Never Bway meant regardless of star.

85
Funny, Original, Must see, Great writing, John cameron mitchell was amazing; taye diggs was embarrassing

See it if you enjoy new, fun and creative theater. It's about as close as you can get to a faux rock show/star! Still fresh after a 20 year rest.

Don't see it if LGBT issues bother you; you don't like rock musicals

78
Original, Entertaining, Great music, Clunky

See it if You love the score or the lead actor playing the role. I saw Andrew Rannells and he was ver good.

Don't see it if You are turned off by the subject matter or by the idea of a one-man play that isn't terribly well written, albeit one with GREAT music.

90
Original, Absorbing, Edgy, Epic, Great acting

See it if You like to see great performance, like rock music, and want to be entertained

Don't see it if You are anti-LGBT