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Bold Take on Hit Musical

Portland Center Stage presents Hedwig and the Angry Inch

Portland’s Delphon "DJ" Curtis Jr. in Hedwig and the Angry Inch at The Armory.

The Tony Award-winning glam rock musical Hedwig and the Angry Inch is making its return to Portland Center Stage after a sell-out run in 2020.

Local Black powerhouse actors Delphon “DJ” Curtis Jr. and Ithica Tell return to blow the roof off The Armory’s Ellyn Bye Studio in this bold take on the celebrated musical, directed by Chip Miller, PCS’s associate artistic director and another member of Portland’s Black community.

Written by John Cameron Mitchell, with music and lyrics by Stephen Trask, Hedwig and the Angry Inch begins with preview performances on Saturday, Jan. 22, opens officially on Jan 28, and runs through March 6. Tickets are on sale now.

“I am so profoundly joyful about the opportunity to revisit this story with this incredible group of collaborators. The act of building this production with them in 2019 was absolutely life-changing. The chance to be a part of the Hedwig family again, and share it with more audiences in Portland, is a real gift,” said Miller about directing the remount of this production.

Brilliantly innovative, genre-bending, and fourth-wall-smashing musical sensation, the play tells the story of Hedwig, a German emigrant, who is out to set the record straight about her life, her loves, and the operation that left her with that “angry inch.”

Part rock concert, part cabaret, and part stand-up comedy routine, Hedwig made its debut at the SqueezeBox, a New York City rock 'n' roll drag bar, and then opened an award-winning run Off-Broadway in 1998. The 2001 film adaptation won multiple awards at the Sundance Film Festival and went on to become a cult classic. In 2014, Hedwig finally debuted on Broadway, where it won four Tony Awards, including Best Revival of a Musical.

Hedwig and the Angry Inch is recommended for ages 14 and up because of adult situations, strong language and sexual references.


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