Hedwig and the Angry Inch (Original Broadway Cast Recording)
Hedwig and the Angry Inch - Original Broadway Cast
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From How I Met Your Mother to hosting the Tony Awards to his budding film career, Neil Patrick Harris is quickly becoming one of his generation's most wide-ranging talents. Now he's won a Tony himself for his performance as transgender rocker Hedwig on the inaugural Broadway run of Hedwig & The Angry Inch (which debuted Off-Off-Broadway in 1998). Channeling rock gods Tina Turner, David Bowie, and Iggy Pop, Harris leaves it all on the stage on this album, which was recorded with barebones brio in a Williamsburg studio. Whether it's the Pink Floyd–like ballad "Wicked Little Town," the punk fury of "Angry Inch," or the lighter-waving majesty of the showstopper "Midnight Radio," Harris nails the indomitable passion of this now-classic musical's title character.
Not as good as the original
While Neil Patrick Harris does an OK, maybe even mediocre recording, as Hedwig. It is nowhere near as captivating and great as John Cameron Mitchell's. I take it the rave reviews of this, have never listened or heard the original, or his reprise in the movie. The new rearrangement of "Sugar Daddy" is abysmal!!
I am a HUGE Hedwig fan and was lucky enough to see this show 3 times in April. I am so happy that a cast recording is coming out. The original version of Sugar Daddy was good but the new re-arrangement of the song elevates it to to a new level. The country vibe of the song is replaced with this nasty (in a good way), funk-rock number which fits really well in the new production. Wig In A Box is always a fun song to listen to and the cast does a fantastic job with it. Cannot wait for the rest of the songs to be released.
Sounds like a Glee tribute album.