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Theo Ubique has announced the cast, director and designers for HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH, the hard-rocking musical by Stephen Trask and John Cameron Mitchell.
Directed by Toma Tavares Langston, the cast will include Will Lidke as Hedwig Schmidt, and Brittney Brown as Yitzhak. The ensemble includes Adriana Tronco as Background Singer East/Mom, and Jacob Gilchrist as Background Singer West/Tommy, Luther.
Appearing as Hedwig’s band, “The Angry Inch,” will be music director Jeremy Ramey (Keyboards, conductor), Perry Cowdery (guitar), Joseph Drezmiecki (bass), Carlos Mendoza (drums), and Cesar Romero (guitar, vocals).
The production team includes Colt Frank (scenic design), Bob Kuhn (costume design), James Kolditz (lighting design), Robert Hornbostel (sound design), Matt Chase (associate sound designer), Matthew Zalinski (properties design) and Keith Ryan (wig designer). Courtney Crouse is Production Manager and Hai Alvarez-Millard is Stage Manager.
Presented as a rock concert, “HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH concerns Hedwig Schmidt, a trans rock ‘n’ roll goddess from East Germany whose botched sex-change operation from male to female intended to please a male lover left her with an “angry inch” of flesh where her female genitalia should be.
Comments Langston, “Glam Punk Rock & Roll gives an artist a vehicle to challenge societal norms surrounding gender identity; it gives the freedom to blur the gender binary rules.” He adds, “I have always wanted to direct a rock & roll concert!”
HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH runs June 14 through July 28 at the Howard Street Theatre, 721 Howard St., Evanston. For more information visit theo-u.com.