Tag: Michael Mayer
Hannah Corneau’s Yitzhak Steps Out of the Shadows, and Steals the Show in Hedwig and the Angry Inch at DPAC
Hedwig and the Angry Inch, playing tonight through Sunday evening at the Durham Performing Arts Center as part of DPAC‘s SunTrust Broadway Series, tackles controversial issues with an unapologetic rawness and flamboyant flair! In the aftermath of North Carolina’s infamous House Bill 2 bathroom bill and the Trump Administration’s recent Muslim travel ban and threats… Read More ›
Raunchy rock and roll show meets Broadway musical in DPAC’s presentation of John Cameron Mitchell and Stephen Trask’s Hedwig and the Angry Inch, onstage now under the direction Tony Award-winner Michael Mayer . For those not familiar with this totally original, totally fun musical, it chronicles rockstar Hedwig Robinson, played to sleazy, hilarious perfection by… Read More ›
House Bill 2 be damned: Hedwig and the Angry Inch, composer and lyricist Stephen Trask and librettist and star John Cameron Mitchell’s gender-bending, 90-minute 1998 Off-Broadway, 2000 West End, and 2014 Broadway concert musical about the travails of a brassy transsexual East German-American punk-rock singer recovering from a gruesomely botched sex-change operation, will definitely raise… Read More ›
If you’re in the mood for a punk rock opera, William Peace Theatre’s production of American Idiot might be just what you need. With music by the band Green Day, lyrics by Green Day’s Billy Joe Armstrong, and book by Armstrong and Michael Mayer, the show premiered in 2009 at Berkeley Rep and opened at the St. James Theatre on Broadway in 2010.
Raleigh, NC director and choreographer Amy White has assembled an energetic cast; and musical director Matt Hodge, with himself on keyboards, supplies an eight-member band.
The story centers on three disaffected suburban youths — Johnny, Tunny, and Will. Determined not to become “American idiots,” they decide that they have to break out of what they feel is an oppressively humdrum existence. The plan is to flee to the freedom, excitement, and opportunity of the big city.
Anyone who has listened to Green Day’s smash-hit concept album American Idiot knows that there’s a story lurking underneath the surface of the sometimes-angsty, sometimes-poignant lyrics. In “American Idiot,” the stage musical adaptation of the album, which just completed its short two-day run at DPAC, that story is expanded on in the form of three… Read More ›