Rating: 4.5 out of 5
Oh my goodness, where should I start?! As I mentioned last week, I just visited New York City for the first time ever, and I’m happy to say that I had a blast! I didn’t have nearly enough time to go exploring, but I did manage to visit Times Square, the Empire State Building, the NY Public Library, among other sightseeing spots.
I also had the opportunity to see “Hedwig and the Angry Inch” on Broadway! I’m so glad that it was my first show, because it married the quintessential rock musical experience with a powerful story about love, loss, sacrifice, and being true to yourself.
Michael C. Hall did a fantastic job as Hedwig, the “slip of a girlyboy from communist East Berlin” who suffered a botched sex reassignment surgery and two heartbreaking relationships. Hall interacted with Hedwig’s bandmates with the right touch of tongue-in-cheek humor and vanity.
I must admit, however, that Lena Hall (unrelated to her costar), who played Hedwig’s gender-bending husband Yitzhak, stole the show. After witnessing her chill-inducing rendition of “I Will Always Love You,” there was no doubt in my mind whether she deserved the Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Musical this year.
My only criticism that I could make about this show was that it might be difficult to understand for an outsider to the story. Because Hall portrayed both Hedwig and Tommy Gnosis, as well as did the voice of Luther Robinson, it could be confusing to decipher how those three characters were related.
Other than that, “Hedwig” benefitted from having a small cast on a small set. The Belasco Theatre is an intimate venue, and if you’re lucky, you could experience some up-close-and-personal fan-service from the actors!
If you’re in NYC and want some amazing entertainment, check out “Hedwig and the Angry Inch!” You won’t be sorry!