Staff Pick: “Hedwig and the Angry Inch” the musical

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From the June 6, 2013 edition

“Hedwig and the Angry Inch” the musical first hit off-Broadway in 1998. Three years later its director, John Cameron Mitchell, turned it into a movie. After that, the story of Hedwig, an East German transsexual glam rock star set on confronting the man who stole her songs, achieved cult status. Legions of international fans even call themselves Hed-heads.

Groundbreaking in its content and all sorts of entertaining for the discerning ear (the songs, played by Columbus musicians at the Short North show, are inspired by David Bowie, John Lennon, Lou Reed and Iggy Pop), “Hedwig” is always worth a watch, especially live. This ain’t no “Rock of Ages.”

But the best part of the Short North Stage’s edition, brought to us in honor of Pride month, is that the production is direct from a sold-out run at the American Repertory Theater in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where it won the Broadway World Boston award for Best Actor (JJ Parkey, a Wright State grad who is also in this Columbus run) and Best Musical (small/fringe division).

Something has to go pretty wrong for this show to not rock. Tickets are $20.