Hedwig, born a boy named Hansel in East Berlin, fell in love with an American G.I. and underwent a sex-change operation in order to marry him and flee to the West. Unfortunately, nothing worked out quite as it was supposed to – years later, Hedwig is leading her rock band on a tour of the U.S., telling her life story through a series of concerts at Bilgewater Inn seafood restaurants. Her tour dates coincide with those of arena-rock star Tommy Gnosis, a wide-eyed boy who once loved Hedwig… but then left with all her songs. –IMDb
John Cameron Mitchell (born April 21, 1963) is an American writer, actor, and director. He is best known for his motion pictures Hedwig and the Angry Inch and Shortbus. He is currently in production for Rabbit Hole starring Nicole Kidman, Aaron Eckhart, Dianne Wiest and Sandra Oh adapted from David Lindsay-Abaire’s play of the same name.
Mitchell’s first professional stage role was Huckleberry Finn in a 1985 Organic Theater adaption at Chicago’s Goodman Theatre. Mitchell’s first New York acting role was Huck Finn in the Broadway musical Big River (1985). He originated the role of Dickon on Broadway in The Secret Garden, and appeared in the original cast of the Off Broadway musical Hello Again. He received Drama Desk nominations for both roles, and can be heard on the original cast recordings for each. (His rendition of the original demo version of “Giants in the Sky” can be heard as a bonus track on the 2007 remastered release of Stephen… read more
Absolutely hilarious, but sadly so, in a laughing-through-tears way. Mitchell is fantastic as Hedwig (I want to party with him/her!) and really draws in the audience. The subject matter is much deeper than it first seems; I had to watch this film for many classes already, and it always brings apart comparisons and analyses of self-identity. Its nature makes it accessible to everyone.
The story is compelling and will leave you with a whole new perspective on the nature of "true love". It's one of those films that full of flashbacks, and so even though events may seem disjointed at first, you eventually learn how everything falls into place and why every moment they recall in Hedwig's life is in regards to what's currently happening to her.