Brilliantly innovative, heartbreaking and wickedly funny, the landmark musical by John Cameron Mitchell and Stephen Trask, HEDWIG and the ANGRY INCH, is set to make its triumphant return to Sydney in January with multi-Award winning actor, Hugh Sheridan, set to punk up the stage in the lead role of Hedwig.
Hailed as the “best rock musical ever” by Rolling Stone magazine, Hedwig’s trailblazing story and cult-status has amassed a devoted global following. Emerging from the Lower East Side of New York City, the punk-rock drag show and critically renowned film (before transforming into a Broadway blockbuster), will take over the newly refurbished Enmore Theatre in Sydney from 2 January 2021.
HEDWIG and the ANGRY INCH is a rock musical ride like no other. It’s unlikely hero, a slip of a girly boy from East Berlin who was subjected to a botched sex change to flee to the USA leaving her with just an Angry Inch. Join Hedwig as she tours the world with her band The Angry Inch telling the story of The Origin Of Love.
Whilst in his final year at NIDA, Hugh Sheridan was cast as ‘Ben Rafter’ in Australia’s highest rating family drama Packed to the Rafters and continued in the role for 5 seasons. Following ‘Rafters’ he starred in the Seven Network telemovie Never Tear Us Apart, based on Australia’s most successful band, INXS, directed by Emmy Nominee, Daina Reid and in the Opera Australia / ABC musical co-production, The Divorce, before moving back to our TV screens on House Husbands and Five Bedrooms.
Due to huge demand, Channel 7 along with Amazon, has just wrapped filming a follow up instalment of Packed To The Rafters titled Back To The Rafters – which focuses on the Rafter family 10 years from where they previously left the series with Hugh bringing Ben Rafter back to the screen.
“Hedwig is a role of a lifetime, a beast and a chance to extend myself in every possible direction. I can’t wait. LOOK OUT!” said Hugh.
Produced by David M. Hawkins, Hedwig is sure to become the unlikely hero we need on stage after the shocker that’s been 2020. “I am so pleased to be bringing HEDWIG back to Australia, it is one of the landmark shows of this century. She speaks to and for us all,” he said.
“Hugh Sheridan was born to play this role, as one of Australia’s most versatile performers being a total triple threat an amazing actor, superb singer and a classically trained dancer as well. Look out Australia Whether you like it or not HEDWIG,” said Mr Hawkins.
Key production roles were have also been announced with Kelley Abbey in the Director and Choreographer chair, Tina Harris (Music Supervisor), Adam Gardnir (Set Design) and Karen Norris (Lighting Design). The Producers have also announced that multi-award winning fashion editor, designer and stylist, Arianne Phillips, will round out the wigged out production team as Costume Designer.
Phillips was recognized for her work on the Broadway musical HEDWIG and the ANGRY INCH, starring Neil Patrick Harris, earning her a Tony Award nomination for Best Costume Design.
Phillips has a long-standing relationship with Madonna, with collaborations including photo shoots, music videos and designing tour costumes for six world tours over the past two decades. Stay tuned for additional cast announcements in the coming weeks.
The Enmore Theatre will be set up in Cabaret mode with table seating on the ground floor and front of the dress circle, as well as regular theatre seating, for this very special event. A seating map can be viewed here.
The Enmore Theatre is a COVID Safe registered venue and is ready to welcome you back through the doors and have live entertainment grace their stages once again. The team have been working hard to ensure that everyone has a great time and stays safe whilst enjoying the show. The health and safety of our visitors, performers, clients and staff is always their greatest priority.
Fans are also strongly advised to use the official ticket links and not to buy tickets from so called “reselling” websites such as Viagogo who typically advertise heavily online and often mislead consumers into paying much higher prices than necessary for tickets that may turn out to be fake.
Tickets go on sale on Thursday 12 November at 9.00am. Various pre-sales have commenced today: Enmore Theatre – available through to 7.00am – Thursday 12 November. Ticketek: from 9.00am – Monday 9 November to 9.00am on Thursday 12 November 2020.
So ladies and gentlemen, it’s time to put on some make-up, turn on the 8-track and pull the wig down from the shelf – HEDWIG and the ANGRY INCH is going to rock your 2021!
HEDWIG and the ANGRY INCH plays at the Enmore Theatre from Saturday 2 January 2021. For more information, visit: www.hedwig.com.au for details.
Image: Hugh Sheridan to star in HEDWIG and the ANGRY INCH (supplied)