Hedwig and the Angry Inch tells the darkly comic life story of the tortured and obscure Hedwig, a transsexual rock star, as he/she performs a concert with her band, The Angry Inch.
Bedella’s work in the US includes Jesus Christ Superstar, La Cage Aux Folles, The Rocky Horror Show (with Meat Loaf), West Side Story and A Chorus Line amongst others. In the UK, he’s best known to theatregoers Satan in Jerry Springer - The Opera at the National and in the West End, for which he won last year’s Best Actor in a Musical Olivier. He’s also been seen on TV in Holby City.
Premiered in February 1998 at Off-Broadway's Jane Street Theatre, Hedwig and the Angry Inch ran for more than two years and 850 performances in New York, where it won two Obie Awards and an Outer Critics’ Circle Award. The musical received its West End premiere at the Playhouse Theatre in 2000 (See News, 22 Jul 2000). A film adaptation was released in 2001.
The musical has a book by John Cameron Mitchell and music and lyrics by Stephen Trask. This London production is directed by John Maher and designed by Ben M Rogers, with costumes by Claire Bilyard and sound by Gareth Owen for Orbital.
- by Terri Paddock