Award nominations stir up buzz for new cult hit

Award nominations stir up buzz for new cult hit

by Cory Pfister

With a rapidly growing cult following, the “internationally ignored” blonde bombshell, Hedwig, and her band, “The Angry Inch” has finally caught the eye of stage and screen critics.

The newest addition to the underground phenomenon was a Golden Globe nomination in the category of best actor in a leading role for a musical or comedy.

Adapted from the off-Broadway rock theater hit, “Hedwig and The Angry Inch” tells the story of a rock singer, Hedwig, and her search for stardom and love.

Critics suggest that this movie may very well be the next “Rocky Horror Picture Show.” Composer, lyricist and actor Stephen Trask provides beautiful melodies that tell Hedwig’s story.

Hedwig, born a boy named Hansel, reluctantly submits to a sex change operation in order to marry an American G.I. and get over the Berlin Wall to freedom.

The operation is botched, leaving her with the aforementioned “angry inch.” Finding herself high, dry and divorced in a Kansas trailer park, she pushes on to form a rock band. In doing so, she encounters a lover and protŽgŽ in young Tommy Gnosis, who eventually leaves her, steals her songs and becomes a huge rock star.

Hedwig, bitter yet witty, combats this blow by taking her band on the road, performing in near-empty restaurants for bewildered diners and a few die-hard fans.

Through a collage of songs, flashbacks and animation, Hedwig tells her life story at a chain of strip-mall seafood restaurants, trying to capitalize on her tabloid celebrity as the supposed ex-lover of famed rock star, Tommy Gnosis.

Somewhere between the crab cakes and the cramped motel rooms, between the anguish and the acid-wash, she pursues her dreams and discovers the origin of love.

Hed-Heads (fans of Hedwig and the Angry Inch) have been appearing here on campus. Freshman Lindsey Ingles recently discovered the movie

. “I first saw a clipping out of Talk Magazine about Hedwig, then I saw them on Leno,” Ingels said.”It’s a plot you don’t normally hear about, but I really enjoy the entire movie.”

Hedwig and the Angry Inch is available on DVD and VHS.