Hedwing and the Angry Inch

Hedwing and the Angry Inch

Outrageous Rock Musical Hits the Key City Theatre

“Hedwig and the Angry Inch,” live at the Key City Theatre, Saturday March 7.

Ferdy Belland

Black Productions and the Selkirk College Contemporary Music Program present the underground theatre sensation “Hedwig and the Angry Inch,” live at the Key City Theatre, Saturday March 7.

“Hedwig” originally debuted off-Broadway in 1998 (to great critical acclaim. The musical comedy was a  concept long in development by NYC playwright John Cameron Mitchell, who also adapted it into a successful feature film in 2001.

The msical’s plot revolves around a transgendered East German rock vocalist (Hedwig) whose touring band (the Angry Inch) races across Europe in hot pursuit of world-famous glam-rocker (Tommy Gnosis), who allegedly is raking in a fortune plagiarizing Hedwig’s songs.

The production comes across as a winning combination of ‘The Rocky Horror Picture Show’ and David Bowie’s Ziggy Stardust phase of the early 1970s.  Since the turn of the century, the musical has successfully run all over the world.

“Hedwig” has won a huge underground fan following worldwide, with aficionados of the production referring to themselves as “Hedheads.”

The cast and crew of Black Productions` ‘Hedwig and the Angry Inch’ are staffed by students and alumni of the renowned Selkirk College Contemporary Music Program from Nelson B.C., which since 1989 has stood unique among Canadian post-secondary institutions as being one of the first collegiate-level music programs in the country to be an adjunct of the Berklee School of Music (Boston MA). With many notable graduates of the program now making their mark in the Canadian music industry, the lineup of eager instrumentalists and vocalists currently assembled as the Angry Inch are sure to happily stun everyone attending.

Under the spirited guidance of Sydney Black (who also plays the role of Hedwig`s companion Yitzhak onstage), this production has already wowed audiences in Nelson and Trail, and so those looking for a unique and hilarious theatre experience this coming Saturday night need look no further!