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  Hedwig And The Angry Inch at Ford Oriental Theatre

Hedwig And The Angry Inch

Ford Oriental Theatre
24 W. Randolph Chicago

Brilliantly innovative, heartbreaking, and wickedly funny, HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH is the landmark American musical by John Cameron Mitchell and Stephen Trask that is "groundbreaking and undoubtedly ahead of its time" (Entertainment Weekly). This genre-bending, fourth-wall-smashing musical sensation, with a pulsing score and electrifying performances, tells the story of one of the most unique characters to ever hit the stage. Directed by Tony Award winner Michael Mayer (Spring Awakening) and winner of four 2014 Tony Awards including Best Musical Revival, HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH played to record-breaking sell-out crowds on Broadway and promises to take Chicago by storm with what Time Magazine proclaims is "the most exciting rock score written for the theatre since, oh, ever!"

Thru - Mar 19, 2017



Price: $22-$95

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Chicago Tribune - Highly Recommended

"...Hedwig (no Alexander Hamilton, she) really is one of the great metaphoric characters in the history of the Broadway musical, a bit of nation-building written to have a wall running down the middle of her entire sense of self, thus being a singing reminder of the danger of such edifices of division. This show is quite brilliantly written. There's one amazing section where Hedwig talks about "the longitude of a hand on my body.""
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Chris Jones


Chicago Sun Times - Not Recommended

"...Given the current topicality of the musical, it is understandable that producers saw its Broadway potential. But as the national touring production of the show’s 2014 Broadway incarnation suggests, the idea could not have been more wrong-headed. Now on a stop at the 2,200-seat Oriental Theatre, the show seems to suggest that Hedwig (a marathon role played here by the Scottish-born actor Euon Marton) became a star. And the whole point of the show is that “he/she” came to terms with his/her identity, but never made it big in the music biz, but found the meaning of love."
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Hedy Weiss


Daily Herald - Highly Recommended

"...Deploying a powerhouse voice and coy comic timing, Morton's Hedwig is an embittered artiste on a mission to reclaim the rock-star fame that was stolen away from her. Sure, Hedwig is snide and rude -- especially to her often-defiant Balkan husband Yitzhak (strong-voiced former Chicago actress Hannah Corneau) and her backing rock band known as the "Angry Inch" (actually the show's original Broadway musicians Justin Craig, Matt Duncan, Tim Mislock and Peter Yanowitz)."
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Scott C. Morgan


Stage and Cinema - Recommended

"...Though the lyrics suffer more from incomprehensibility than inaudibility, the irresistible score varies from the country-western verve of “Sugar Daddy” to the go-for-broke anguish of “Exquisite Corpse,” a primal ballad that ushers in the redemptive finale. The four Angry Inchers give the ten songs their due and more. What this Hedwig loses in intimacy, alas, it barely gains in glitz. But nothing is lost in the trans-lation."
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Lawrence Bommer


Splash Magazine - Highly Recommended

"...Hedwig's ending is a source of debate and speculation. One in which the creators have refused to answer even for this tour. Its ultimate interpretation it seems is up to us. Just as Hedwig must decide what his purpose in life is, we too have to decide what the last moment means for us. Doing so forces us to change our perceptions and perhaps find the healing we all seek for ourselves."
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Justin LeClaire


Around The Town Chicago - Somewhat Recommended

"... I have never felt that my age would interfere with my ideas about what I see and relate to you, my readers, but, in this case, the winner of the 2014 Tony-Award for “best Revival of a Musical, :Hedwig and the Angry Inch” fell SHORT of my expectations ( about a half inch, at least). This is a brash “rock musical” performance art, lasting a bit over 90 minutes with no break in the action at all. While Rolling Stone proclaims this piece as” the BEST Rock musical ever!”, I find this to be far behind shows like “Rent” as far as mass appeal."
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Alan Bresloff


Chicago Theatre Review - Recommended

"...Hedwig’s band is exceptionally talented, often accompanying the singer at an ear-splitting volume. Justin Craig is Skszp, the musical director for The Angry Inch, who plays the guitar, keyboard and provides backup vocals. Matt Duncan portrays Jacek who, along with Tim Mislock as Krzyzhtoff, plays bass guitar, keyboard and sings backup. Peter Yanowitz is the band’s percussionist and the backup vocalist called Schlatko. The entire production is very good, with two exceptional actor/singers in leading roles, but it simply doesn’t pack the dramatic punch of the original, Off-Broadway version."
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Colin Douglas


The Fourth Walsh - Highly Recommended

"...I had the good fortune to see Mitchell perform in the original production. At the time, the wacky experience was surreal! I was distracted by the story and the shtick. I later saw the movie and a stellar local production. HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH is a musical to see over and over. Each time, the story, the lyrics, the music, the performances bring out an undiscovered truth. It's like finding an unexpected treasure in a trailer packed to the rafters with wigs, cosmetics and secrets. HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH is a raunchy, soulful, good time!"
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Katy Walsh


Third Coast Review - Highly Recommended

"...Transgendered individuals deserve extra attention during these dark days, so Chicago’s remount of Hedwig and the Angry Inch is a balm, a glorious, rock-star, kick-ass celebration of the ultimate joy of finding and becoming your true self."
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Karin McKie


Picture This Post - Somewhat Recommended

"...The revival's updated cultural references are certainly entertaining. An immigration policy dig - "There are no sides when one has no Green Card" - sparks applause and a mention of gender-neutral bathrooms evokes laughter. But all of this takes us out of the dire East-West divide in the waning days of the Cold War."
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Susan Lieberman


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