Growing up, I had the opportunity to be myself – a very creative, arty child. My parents both love the arts, so we were exposed to Musicals and Opera from a young age. Now being a bit of a geek as well, I obviously also love the more alternative musicals. One of my favorites is Hewig and the Angry Inch.
Synopsis: Hedwig and the Angry Inch is a 2001 American musical comedy-drama film based on the stage musical of the same name about a fictional rock band fronted by an East German transgender singer. The film was adapted and directed by John Cameron Mitchell, who also portrayed the title role. The musical has gathered a devoted cult following (source: wikipedia).
A combination of beautiful music, a heartbreaking story and the ever-entertaining Hedwig – what a treat for any open-minded musical lover! Hedwig and the Angry Inch has some really gorgeous songs – “The Origin of Love”, “Wig in a Box” and “Wicked Little Town”. An interesting fact about the movie is that Yitzhak, Hedwig’s husband in the movie, is played by actress Lena Hall!
Why do I like this specific musical? I think in concept this is about accepting yourself for who you are. Hansel (who later becomes Hedwig) has an internal struggle throughout the story – his mother forces him to undergo a gender-reassignment operation (which fails horribly). Hedwig, now a transgender, gets swept away by an American soldier, who leaves her for someone else. Ultimately her true love steals her music and becomes famous. At the end of the story, Hedwig has to accept herself for who she really is, removes all her make-up, the wig, her fancy clothes, and walks naked down a dark alley and into the street. Hedwig has become Hansel again. I think there is a little Hedwig in all of us – accept yourself for you really are and don’t try to be someone else.