Music Review – Hedwig & the Angry Inch

Bp3tSG1IEAAP043Hedwig and the Angry InchOriginal Broadway Cast Recording  (Atlantic)

I was admittedly skeptical upon hearing that Neil Patrick Harris would be starring in the theatrical revival of Hedwig. I knew he could sing and act like a champ, but could this “nice guy” inhabit the queer, grit ‘n’ spittle essence of a transgender German glam rocker? As everyone witnessed during his show-stopping performance of “Sugar Daddy” during the Tonys, all doubt has been erased like a drag queen’s eyebrows. Granted, Stephen Trask’s original songs are so strong to begin with, but Harris has truly immersed himself in not only the character but all the musical reference points Hedwig was built upon. The beauty of this recording is that it was essentially rushed to see the light of day, so it was assembled in a very DIY setting with little production or polish. Harris and company truly nail the glitter-smeared, pithy nuance needed for these now-iconic songs.Prime Cuts: “Tear Me Down,” “Angry Inch,” “Wicked Little Town.” —Paul V for The Independent FM