Hedwig and the Angry Inch
By John Cameron Mitchell (Text), Stephen Trask (Music and Lyrics)SUBSCRIBE TODAY
June 9 - 26, 2020*
*Show dates subject to change
The award-winning rock musical sensation makes its Bloomington premiere! Hedwig Schmidt is an “internationally ignored song stylist” who fled East Germany after a botched sex-change operation and emerged from a Kansas trailer park as a rock and roll goddess. Backed by her band, The Angry Inch, Hedwig recounts her moving journey to wholeness through funny stories and undeniable rock music. Read the full content advisory for this show here.
“The most exciting rock score written for the theater since, oh, ever!” – Time Magazine.
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John Cameron Mitchell is an actor, writer, director, and producer best known for his work on Hedwig and the Angry Inch. He studied theater at Northwestern University but left college before graduation, moved to New York and found work understudying the role of Huckleberry Finn in Big River (1985). He then went to California and played bit parts in many television shows (The New Twilight Zone 1986, MacGyver 1987, Freddy’s Nightmares 1988, Dreamer of Oz 1990, Law & Order 1995) and educational films (Just Along for the Ride 1983, My Father’s Son: The Legacy of Alcoholism 1984). In 1990 Mitchell returned to New York and appeared in the original cast of John Guare’s Six Degrees of Separation. The following year he played Dickon on Broadway in the musical The Secret Garden. Off-Broadway in 1992, he earned an Obie Award for his performance in Larry Kramer’s The Destiny of Me. Again at Lincoln Center in 1994, he played two gay male characters in Michael John LaChiusa’s musical, Hello Again. He is also known for his roles in films like Shortbus (2006) and How to Talk to Girls at Parties (2017).
John Cameron Mitchell grew hating himself because of his homosexuality, but all that was changing fast. Inspired by the memory of an East German woman – probably a part-time prostitute – who had babysat for his brother Colin while his father was stationed in Berlin, Mitchell conceived of the central character in what was to become the pivotal project of his life, Hedwig and the Angry Inch. Hedwig, whom Mitchell played in drag, evolved over a period of time and through many cabaret performances into a transgendered rocker who had undergone a botched sex-change operation and whose love life and career were on the skids. The final version of the show, with the songs of Trask integral to the plot, took New York City by storm and led to the making of the movie in 2001. Besides becoming a Golden Globe®-nominated film, he has also earned three Obies and three Drama Desk Award nominations for his work off-Broadway and at Lincoln Center.