David Brian Colbert to Star in HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH Benefit for BC/EFA, 10/31
Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS will present a one-night-only return engagement of John Cameron Mitchell and Stephen Trask's Hedwig and the Angry Inch. The event will take place Monday, October 31, 8 pm at New World Stages.
MAC Award-winner David Brian Colbert will star in the title role with Petra DeLuca as Hedwig's gender-bending lover Yitzhak. The benefit will be directed by Aaron Mark. Matt Hinkley is music director. The performance will be produced by and benefits Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.
The show will mark the fourth time Colbert and DeLuca have performed the show as a benefit for Broadway Cares. The previous versions in 2005, 2006 and 2009 all sold out.
Hedwig and the Angry Inch tells the story of Hedwig, a transsexual punk rock singer from East Berlin who lands in America after a botched sex change operation. Hedwig, the "internationally ignored song stylist barley standing before you," shares her outrageous and unexpectedly hilarious life story with the audience while touring America with her band, the Angry Inch. With 11 brilliantly written rock musical songs that are steeped in the androgynous 1970s glam rock era of David Bowie and early punk godfathers Lou Reed and Iggy Pop, Hedwig is a roller-coaster ride, funny, touching, emotionally draining and, above all, ultimately inspiring to anyone who feels life has given them an inch when they deserved a mile.
The original musical played 857 Off-Broadway performances, winning the 1998 Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Musical. Since then, Hedwig has become a worldwide phenomenon, with die-hard fans (who call themselves "Hedheads") following the show around the globe. A film version of Hedwig was released in 2001.
Colbert and DeLuca are no strangers to the roles of Hedwig and Yitzhak. They have toured the country performing the roles, racking up theatrical awards and honors along the way.
Tickets for this special benefit performance are $61.50 and are available through telecharge.com or at the New World Stages box office, 340 West 50th Street (between Eighth and Ninth Avenues).