Neil Patrick Harris recently became the toast of Broadway in the stage version of Hedwig and the Angry Inch, a strange development considering that the production’s source material is a ragtag 2001 film that barely made a dent at the box office. On August 2nd, the Hollywood Theater and the Junior Chamber of Commerce Players will pay tribute to the cult movie musical with a special double feature.
Written and directed by, and starring John Cameron Mitchell, Hedwig and the Angry Inch follows a transsexual East Berlin rock diva struggling to achieve fame in the US. Her life story unfolds through a string of powerful musical numbers that recount her botched sex change, her failed marriage to an American G.I., her lagging music career, and the ultimate betrayal by her song writing partner and lover, Tommy Gnosis (Michael Pitt). The film features an excellent soundtrack by celebrated film composer Stephen Trask, ingenious set design and art direction, and lyrical animated sequences from Emily Hubley.
Hedwig and the Angry Inch will screen before the theater’s monthly midnight showing of Rocky Horror Picture Show, accompanied, as always, by the JCCP’s live shadowcast. The double feature will begin at 9 p.m. Guests are encouraged to come early for trivia and a Hedwig costume contest. The evening also includes a drag show and a guest performance by Michael Angus. Those who attend both movies will receive a free prop bag.