Donovan Leitch as the gender-confused East German glam-rocker in the musical… (Francine Orr / Los Angeles…)
John Cameron Mitchell's rock musical "Hedwig and the Angry Inch" is making a comeback.
An off-Broadway hit that debuted in 1998 and became a cult film starring Mitchell in 2001, the rock musical is scheduled to return for a weeklong run at the Roxy Theatre Nov. 1-7. The play previously appeared at the Roxy in 2006 for a run that starred Donovon Leitch, and Leitch will reprise his lead role as Hedwig.
The story of a heartbroken, East German-born glam rocker and victim of a botched sex change that gives the play its name, "Hedwig" became the test case musical for rock fans who claimed to not like musicals thanks to its infectious songs. The musical also won fans in the rock community, which included a 2003 album "Wig in a Box" that featured high-profile contributors including members of Sleater-Kinney, the Pixies, Yo La Tengo and Spoon.
In a 2006 Times review of the revival, reviewer David C. Nichols praised the production, describing Leitch's performance as a "tour de force" and declaring that the musical "certainly rocks." The announced cast also includes Kristen Lee Kelly, who performed in the off-Broadway production as Hedwig's husband and bandmate Yitzhak.
Tickets are available now through TicketWeb. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Trevor Project, a suicide prevention organization benefiting gay and transgendered youth.
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