‘Landmark musical’ on stage

2016-09-20 06:00
Paul du Toit as Hedwig PHOTO: Julia Janse van Vuuren

Paul du Toit as Hedwig PHOTO: Julia Janse van Vuuren

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The Tony Award winning rock musical Hedwig and the Angry Inch is currently on stage at Cape Town’s new theatre venue on Bree Street, Gate69.

A landmark musical by John Cameron Mitchell and Stephen Trask that is “groundbreaking and undoubtedly ahead of its time” (Entertainment Weekly), this genre-bending, fourth-wall-smashing musical sensation, with its pulsing score and electrifying performances, tells the story of one of the most unique characters to ever hit the stage.

The music, written by Stephen Trask, is steeped in the androgynous 1970s glam rock style of David Bowie (who co-produced the Los Angeles production of the show), as well as the work of John Lennon and Iggy Pop.

The South African production stars Paul du Toit (The Rocky Horror Show) and Genna Galloway (Grease, Showboat) and will be directed by Elizma Badenhorst. Design is by Niall Griffin and musical direction is by Wessel Odendaal.

The story is about a fictional rock band fronted by an East German transgender singer called Hedwig, formerly known as Hansel, who assumes a female persona after a botched sex change operation that was performed to allow her to marry an American man and escape East Germany. The musical explores Hedwig’s life and complex gender identity.V The production, with an age restriction of 16, will run until Sunday 27 November. Tickets cost R550 per person and include a welcome drink, a mezze platter, a hot bread service and dessert. Call 0715892915 or visit www.gate69.co.zato book.

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