If you don't know the story of Hedwig, here's a brief synopsis: There's a guy living in East Germany during the 80's who falls in love with an American soldier. They decide to get married, but the only way they'll be able to leave Germany is if one of them is a woman. Hedwig's sex change operation goes awry, but she still manages to make it to the States and pursues a music career.
It sounds campy right? Well, it is. I mean, Headwig wears a dress made out of wigs for crying out loud, but it also deals with some pretty serious issues: gender identity, equality, freedom, politics, love and art. As fun as this show is to watch, it's always pulled on my heart strings and I'm so glad that this production found a balance between the show's fun atmosphere and its heavy over-arching themes.
As for NPH, well he brought the pages of Hedwig to life. He was charismatic, energetic, sassy and sensitive. He also happened to look damn fine in that mini skirt. I couldn't help but holler and cheer him on throughout the show. The atmosphere was electric. Actually, maybe I missed the memo that I wasn't in the show. I left the theater with most of my voice gone.
Here's a listen to my favourite song from the show. What they did with the animation for this song live was spectacular. I think I may have even gotten some dust in my eye...
Andrew Rannels has stepped into Hedwig's heels for now. If you make it out to see him, let me know what you think. I may have to make another trip.