‘Hedwig and the Angry Inch’ is a rock version musical, which tells about a fictional rock and roll band led by an East German transgender vocalist. The rock musical was moved from a book by John Cameron Mitchell and is accompanied with music and lyrics by Stephen Trask.
The story centers on the life of Mitchell, being the son of a U.S Army Major General, who was once the commander of the U.S sector of West Berlin. Hedwig as the supporting character of the show, is a character inspired from a separated German Army wife, who was once a family’s babysitter of Mitchell with a night job as a prostitute at Junction City in Kansas. While Tommy as the protagonist of the show, was centered on Mitchell himself, Tommy and Mitchell as characters portraying the same guise were both seen as Transgenders. Later on, Hedwig turned out to be the main character after Trask convinced Mitchell to display their original sense in 1994 at the New York’s drag-punk club Squeezebox, where Trask fronted the band and Jack Steeb (Mitchell?s boyfriend), played the bass.
The Broadway musical features songs that are saturated from the 1970’s glam rock style of David Bowie. In the year 1998, “Hedwig and the Angry Inch” appeared off Broadway and had won the Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Off-Broadway musical and achieved one Obie Award. The songs include Tear Me Down, The Origin of Love, Random Number Generation, Sugar Daddy, Wig in a Box, The Long Grift, Hedwig’s Lament, Exquisite Corps, Midnight Radio, Wicked Little Town and The Angry Inch.
From 1988, the production ran for two years with several casts remounted from the original and artistic teams from other cities around the U.S.
The show had its London West End musical production in 2000, and it has been launched all over the world in hundreds of stages. The musical production finally took its way to Broadway in the year 2014, the year they had their first Broadway appearance and won the Tony Award for Best Revival of a Musical.