'Hedwig and the Angry Inch' to open at PCS
Portland Center Stage at The Armory will kick off the new year with the Tony Award-winning rock musical "Hedwig and the Angry Inch," starring Delphon Curtis Jr., as Hedwig and Ithica Tell as Yitzhak.
Brilliantly innovative, this genre-bending, fourth-wall-smashing musical sensation tells the story of Hedwig, a German emigrant, who is out to set the record straight about her life, her loves and the operation that left her with that "angry inch."
"I feel so inspired by John Cameron Mitchell's words and Stephen Task's music," said Associate Producer Chip Miller, who directs. "The opportunity to dive in and find my way through this iconic piece with a team of awesome collaborators is a gift. Our goal is to make a 'Hedwig' unlike any you've seen, while still staying true to the genius, the fun and the heartbreak that have brought so much joy and meaning to so many over the past 20 years."
Part rock concert, part cabaret, part stand-up comedy routine, John Cameron Mitchell's "Hedwig and the Angry Inch" made its debut on the stage of SqueezeBox, a New York City rock 'n roll drag bar. "Hedwig" opened Off-Broadway in 1998, where it won the Obie Award and Outer Critics Award for Best Off-Broadway Musical. The 2001 film adaptation won Best Director and Audience Awards at the Sundance Film Festival and went on to become a cult classic. In 2014, "Hedwig" debuted on Broadway, where it won four Tony Awards, including Best Revival of a Musical.
The Armory will host a variety of community events surrounding the show, including a special "Hedwig and the Angry Inch" sing-along with the cast and Low bar Chorale, a drag tribute to "Hedwig" hosted by Portland's premier drag clown Carla Rossi (Anthony Hudson), preshow happy hours with Basic Rights Oregon, and discussions with cast, crew and community guests. Details will be posted at pcs.org/hedwig closer to the show.
Delphon Curtis Jr. makes his debut at The Armory as Hedwig. Ithica tell will play Yitzhak. Darian Anthony Patrick directs the all-local band, which includes Maria Del Castillo and Jasmine Wood (guitar) and Nsayi Matingou (bass).
The show runs Dec. 28 through Feb. 23 with showings at 7:30 p.m. and matinees Saturday and Sunday at 2p.m. and Thursdays at 11 a.m. at the Ellyn Bye Studio at The Armory, 128 NW 11th Ave., Portland.
Tickets range in price from $25 to $85, and can be purchased online at pcs.org or by calling 503-445-3700.
The show is recommended for those age 14 and up.
— For The Review, Tidings
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