Waterfront Playhouse celebrates Pride week with HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH

Waterfront Playhouse celebrates Pride week with HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH

Posted Mon, May 29, 2023 in Press Releases

The Award-winning Waterfront Playhouse on Mallory Square will present the award winning musical Hedwig and the Angry Inch for 4 performances on, June 7, 8, 9, 10. Tickets are available by calling 305-294-5015 or by visiting www.waterfrontplayhouse.org.

Hedwig and the Angry Inch is a rock musical with music and lyrics by Stephen Trask and a book by John Cameron Mitchell. The musical follows Hedwig Robinson, a genderqueer East German singer of a fictional rock and roll band. The story draws on Mitchell’s life as the child of a U.S. Army major general who once commanded the U.S. sector of occupied West Berlin. The character of Hedwig was inspired by a German divorced U.S. Army wife who was Mitchell’s family babysitter and moonlighted as a prostitute at her trailer park home in Junction City, Kansas. The music is steeped in the androgynous 1970s glam rock style of David Bowie (who co-produced the Los Angeles production of the show), as well as the work of John Lennon and early punk performers Lou Reed and Iggy Pop.

The musical opened Off-Broadway in 1998, and won the Obie Award and Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Off-Broadway Musical. The production ran for two years, then in 2014, the show saw its first Broadway incarnation, opening that April at the Belasco Theatre and winning the year’s Tony Award for Best Revival of a Musical. 

Directed and staged by Tom Thayer, design by Michael Boyer, lighting design by Kim Hanson, projection design by Willie Alsedek, music direction by Roberta Jackshyn the cast features Phillip Cole White as Hedwig and Heather-May Sloan.

Phillip Cole White played Hedwig 5 years ago with the Key West Theatre. He has been seen in The Pickpocket’s Daughter with the Studios of Key West, Georgia McBride, Waterfront Playhouse. Other local credits include Billy Bibbit in One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest with TheatreXP as well as 129 Miles from Walmart and Oklahoma Smith and the Pantheon of Annihilation at Key West Theater. A proud graduate of Texas State University with a BFA in Musical Theatre. Some favorite roles include Jeff (Kimberly Akimbo), Mark (Rent), Aunt Eller (Oklahoma), Caldwell B. Cladwell (Urinetown), Mark (Altar Boyz) and Nigel Garber in his self-produced YouTube series of the same name. 

Heather-May last appeared in Matilda: The Musical at the Waterfront. She studied at the Tisch School of the Arts at NYU and later performed in NYC at venues including The Kitchen, Judson Church, P.S. 122, St. Mark’s Church, Dixon Place, The Slipper Room, and The Tunnel.  She fronted the rock band Polychrome in the 90’s, and has performed in Key West at The Waterfront Playhouse, Tennessee Williams Theater, Key West Theater, Coronation, the Headdress Ball, Pride Follies, and numerous burlesque and vaudeville shows as her saucy alter-ego Rocky Bottom, who also co-founded and performed in Applebottom Burlesque.

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