Hedwig & the Angry Inch BROADWAY REVIEWS

Photo: Joan Marcus


  • NBC


  • AMNY

Opening Night:
April 22, 2014
September 13, 2015

Theater: Belasco Theatre / 111 West 44th Street, New York, NY, 10036


Hedwig and the Angry Inch is a musical comedy that tells the story of a fictional rock 'n' roll band, fronted by Hedwig, a transgender woman and “internationally ignored song stylist” from East Berlin.

  • NEW YORK TIMES REVIEW OF Hedwig & the Angry Inch

    This Is No Doctor. And No Lothario, Either.
    ‘Hedwig and the Angry Inch’ Stars Neil Patrick Harris

    Ben Brantley

    April 22, 2014: Do not be alarmed by recent reports that Neil Patrick Harris, an irresistibly wholesome television presence, has fallen deeply and helplessly into the gap that separates men from women, East from West, and celebrity from notoriety. There’s no need to fear for his safety, much less his identity. Quite the contrary. Playing an “internationally ignored song stylist” of undefinable gender in Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Mr. Harris is in full command of who he is and, most excitingly, what he has become with this performance. That’s a bona fide Broadway star, the kind who can rule an audience with the blink of a sequined eyelid.

  • TIME OUT NEW YORK REVIEW OF Hedwig & the Angry Inch

    Hedwig and the Angry Inch: Review by David Cote

    David Cote

    April 22, 2014: The omnitalented Neil Patrick Harris plays the titular crotch-botched German rock singer in the first Broadway production of John Cameron Mitchell and Stephen Trask's genre-bending 1998 rock musical. Transitioning from child star to adult gay icon, sitcom prince and social-media wizard, Neil Patrick Harris always seemed to be a cultural rock star. But in his latest reinvention, it turns out that the actor is, y’know, an actual rock star. As the imperious, spurned, fright-bewigged, sweaty glitterbomb at the heart of Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Harris makes Broadway rock harder than it ever has before.

  • NBC NEW YORK REVIEW OF Hedwig & the Angry Inch

    Hedwig and the Angry Inch

    Robert Kahn

    April 22, 2014: If David Belasco’s ghost really does haunt the balcony of his namesake theater off Sixth Avenue, as Neil Patrick Harris declares at the start of Hedwig and the Angry Inch, he is, by now, both deaf and blind. That’s not such a bad thing. If you’ve gotta lose two key senses, I can think of no more auspicious way to bid them auf wiedersehen than via the 95-minute stretch of ear-splitting rock and aggressive strobe-lighting that is the new take on Hedwig, the John Cameron Mitchell and Stephen Trask musical about a rock-and-roll band fronted by an East German singer disfigured in a botched sex change operation.

  • VARIETY REVIEW OF Hedwig & the Angry Inch

    Broadway Review: ‘Hedwig and the Angry Inch’ Starring Neil Patrick Harris

    Marilyn Stasio

    April 22, 2014: The screaming starts when a bespangled Neil Patrick Harris parachutes onstage in Hedwig and the Angry Inch and doesn’t stop until he’s back in his dressing room. That’s the kind of rock-star performance he gives in this spectacular revival — helmed with fabulous flash by Michael Mayer — of the 1998 musical (and later movie) by John Cameron Mitchell (book) and Stephen Trask (music & lyrics). Harris’ Hedwig is an imperfectly transformed transvestite who grew up in East Berlin before the wall came down, resplendent in the punk drag of a nihilistic rocker but still concealing a heap of hurt under her wig.

  • AM NEW YORK REVIEW OF Hedwig & the Angry Inch

    'Hedwig and the Angry Inch' review: Neil Patrick Harris not fully developed, but enjoyable

    Matt Windman

    April 22, 2014: Neil Patrick Harris, who appeared on Broadway three times before being scooped up by How I Met Your Mother for nine years, still managed to maintain a regular presence in the theater by hosting the Tony Awards no less than four times. Now that his long-running sitcom has ended, not only is Harris back onstage, he is tackling one of the most outsized, flamboyant and intense musical theater roles ever created in the first Broadway staging of Hedwig and the Angry Inch.



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