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Hedwig and the Angry Inch OCR

Hedwig and the Angry Inch has been described as a "hard rock" musical. That's correct as far as it goes and would apply to numbers such as "Angry Inch". And while I'm not a fan of turning up the volume, sometimes the song demands it - like in the "wall of sound" effect of "Midnight Radio". (Which is not to say that eardrums should be bursting to the point that you can't understand what Hedwig is singing - stage show sound designers take note.)

But what that shorthand description doesn't convey is how lyrical, how sometimes down-right catchy many of the tunes are, and the stylistic variety of the songs. From the country & western influenced "Sugar Daddy" to the 60s novelty number "Wig in a Box" to the contemplative "Wicked Town", composer/lyricist Stephen Trask demonstrated a versatility that goes beyond pastiche.

And "The Origin of Love" goes down in my book as one of the great rock songs of the past few decades, approaching the evocative heights of Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah".

The original cast recording contains a song, "Random Number Generation", (notably not sung by Hedwig) that I don't remember from the live show or the movie, but I don't think it's a great loss.

And what can I say about John Cameron Mitchell that hasn't been said before? Nothing really.

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