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Hedwig and the Angry Inch Benefit to be Held on October 30

By: Oct. 24, 2006
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The previously-announced one-night-only benefit performance of the John Cameron Mitchell-Stephen Trask musical Hedwig and the Angry Inch will take place on Monday, October 30th at 8 PM. 

Broadway Cares/Equity Fights Aids (BC/EFA), in association with GoFigure Productions, will present the performance of musical, which was a hit Off-Broadway from 1998 through 2000.  The Halloween benefit for BC/EFA will once again feature David Colbert in the title role and Petra DeLuca in her gender-bending role as Hedwig's lover, Yitzhak. This year, the show moves downtown to the newly renovated Player's Theater at 115 MacDougal Street in the heart of the West Village. 

Since the sold out benefit performance last year at the York Theater, Colbert and DeLuca have performed in Sarasota, FL, where David was named Best Actor in a musical by the Sarasota Herald Tribune, and in Lexington, KY, where the entire company was inducted by Governor Ernie Fletcher into the Honorable Order of Kentucky Colonels, the highest honor awarded in the state. 

"As Hedwig, David Colbert brought audiences to their feet with his impassioned portrayal of the German-born rocker who survived a botched sex-change operation to become an over-the-top rock diva in the spirit of Freddie Mercury with Farrah Fawcett tresses," state press materials. Since 2002, between the two of them, Colbert and DeLuca have taken their portrayals to numerous cities and garnered a number of awards.

"I sprang from the womb fully formed in a blonde wig and go-go boots," quipped Colbert, who has also appeared in regional productions of Cabaret and Hair--as well as in cabaret performance.  Of the show's universal appeal, Colbert says: "When we (performed in) Wilmington, we had several matinees in a very conservative town.  All of the sudden I was performing for middle-aged bankers and retirees. Many of them were immediately on the defensive when the show started, but almost every single one was waving there hands in the air by the end of the show. It was a terrific feeling to have little old ladies come up to me at the end of the show that recognize the story of love and self-acceptance. Under all the glitter, saran-wrap and tomatoes, the message is truly universal."

Joining Colbert and DeLuca on stage as the "Angry Inch" will be – Joe Trainor, Chris Gordon, Tim Cleary and Michael Doroff.  The production will be directed by Michael Grey.

Hedwig and the Angry Inch "tells the story of an 'internationally ignored' rock singer, Hedwig, and her search for love and stardom. Born a boy named Hansel whose life's dream is to find his other half, Hedwig reluctantly submits to a sex change operation in order to marry an American G.I. and get over the Berlin Wall to freedom. The operation is botched, leaving her with the aforementioned 'angry inch.' Finding herself high, dry and divorced in a Kansas trailer park, she pushes on to form a rock band and encounters a lover/protégé in young Tommy Gnosis, who eventually leaves her, steals her songs and becomes a huge rock star."

All seats are $50.  All proceeds will benefit Broadway Cares / Equity Fights AIDS 

For information, visit – www.broadwaycares.org  or call 212.840.0770.

Visit this link to read an interview with Colbert.




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