According to iTunes I added the Original Broadway Cast Recording of “Hedwig and the Angry Inch” to my Apple Music subscription back in July of 2015. I think maybe I tried to listen to it once, since then it has just sat there, silently.
It’s likely I came across Neil Patrick Harris’ performance of “Sugar Daddy” on YouTube and it prompted me to look for the album.
Seems though, for me, 2019 is all about Hedwig and her Angry Inch. I can’t get enough of the album. It has been the soundtrack for my first few days of 2019, and it doesn’t seem like it will discontinue to be for some time.
While I’m sure the love will wane a little as the time goes by, at the moment I’m in love with the sass of Hedwig and her cast of supporting characters. I especially love the bit in “Wig in a Box” where Hedwig invites the crowd to sing along and she interjects little ad-libs. There’s a line “I turn up the 8-track” and just after the crowd sings the line, Hedwig replies “what’s an 8-track?” Even though these are lines she wrote. It’s clearly a little tease to the fact the 8-track is a long-dead technology and indeed, some in the audience may not know what an 8-track is. I wonder if these were ad-libs by Neil Patrick Harris. They didn’t appear in the original story and they seem very much his personality.
Of course the track also has references to Farrah Fawcett, Lavern Baker, Dorothy Hamill, and Beehive hairstyles that may be completely foreign to the younger audiences.
The whole album is a wild romp, and I really want to see the show live. On broadway they’ve had quite a few guys go through the role of Hedwig now. First Neil Patrick Harris, Andrew Rannells (Book of Mormon, The New Normal), Michael C. Hall (Dexter, Six Feet Under), John Cameron Mitchell (the guy who wrote the Book for the original musical, the screen play and directed the movie version), Darren Criss (of GLEE), and Taye Diggs rounded them out until the end of the run in 2015.
I’ve also spent far too much time of late trying to find the original movie so I can check it out. I’m sure I’ve seen it once, a long time ago. Most likely on SBS. But I can’t seem to find it anywhere at the moment.
So far Hedwig and the Angry Inch musical hasn’t come to Australia, though it seems it has been everywhere else in the world! I need to get rich so I can produce musicals and bring all my favourites here. 🤣