Best Musical (2009)

Hedwig and the Angry Inch

The intersection between rock and the dramatic stage is perilous territory, but the Jungle's production of John Cameron Mitchell and Stephen Trask's Hedwig brought together all the show's best elements: the broken-down German drag queen (Jairus Abts) and her story of exploitation and self-loathing; Hedwig's seething spouse, Yitzhak (Ann Michels); and the story of how it all went wrong. It was crucial, of course, that the thing rock as well, and rock it did, with a live band tackling Trask's range of glam, punk, and sweet ballads with the proper mix of fire and assertion. This was a thrill from start to finish, made all the more transporting by the Jungle's trademark intimacy.


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