angry-darren

A (brief) masterpost of musicals!

(I don’t own/ didn’t record these) Also, they’re all on YouTube (if any don’t work, I can probably get a different video for you from somewhere else, just send a message. I have a heck of a lot of links) All links working as of 14/06/17

Tony Awards (full show)

Bootleg update!

Here are all the bootlegs i currently have, alphabetized this time :))

A Chorus Line
A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder
A New Brain (with Jonathan Groff)
A little Night Music (with Angela Lansbury)
Aladdin
American Idiot
American in Paris OBC
Amélie with Philippa Soo
Amélie with Samantha Barks
An American in Paris
Anastasia OBC
Annie (US Tour)
Annie Get Your Gun
Anything Goes
Assassins
Avenue Q
Bare: The musical (Off-Broadway)
Bare: a Pop Opera
Beautiful: A Carole King Story OBC
Beauty and the Beast OBC
Big Fish (Pre-Broadway)
Blood Brothers
Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson OBC
Bombshell
Bombshell (audio only)
Bonnie and Clyde OBC
Book of Mormon Chicago
Book of Mormon OBC
Bring it On
Cabaret Broadway cast
Cabaret With Emma Stone
Camelot
Candide OBC
Carousel (Chicago 2015)
Carrie the Musical
Chaplin
Charlie and The Chocolate Factory (London)
Chess OBC
Chicago
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang London Tour
Cinderella OBC
City of Angels OBC
Cyclone (audio only)
Dance of the Vampires OBC
Dear Evan Hansen OBC
Dogfight with Lindsey Mendez
Dr Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog
Dream Girls Unknown cast
Dream girls OBC
End of the rainbow
Evita (broadway 2012)
Falsettos
Fiddler on the Roof
Fiddler on the Roof (Broadway Revival)
Finding Nemo
Finding Neverland OBC
First Wives Club OBC
First date the Musical OBC
Follies (Revival cast)
Frozen Live!
Fun Home OBC
Funny Girl: The Musical
Ghost: the Musical
Gigi OBC
Godspell
Grease
Grey Gardens (Broadway 2015)
Gypsy the Musical
Hairspray
Half a Sixpence (audio only)
Hamilton (with Javier)
Hamilton OBC
Hamilton OBC (with sheet music and recordings from workshops)
Hamilton OCC
Harry Potter and the The Cursed Child (audio only)
Heathers
Heathers with Thomas Sanders (audio only)
Hedwig and the Angry Inch (Andrew Rennells)
Hedwig and the Angry Inch (Darren Criss)
Hello Dolly UK Tour
Holy Musical B@man!
Honeymoon in Vegas
Hunchback of Notre Dame
If/Then
In the Heights OBC
Into the Woods
Jekyll and Hyde
Jesus Christ Superstar
Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
Kinky Boots
Kiss me, Kate
La Cage au Folles (broadway 2010)
Legally Blonde
Lend me a Tenor (broadway 2010)
Les Mis
Lion King (London)
Little Shop of Horrors
Little Women
Love Never Dies (OBC)
Mamma Mia! OBC
Marilyn An American Fable
Marry Poppins US tour
Matilda with Eliza Madore
Matilda with Mimi Ryder
Matilda with Sophia Gennusa
Memphis (OBC)
Merrily we Roll along
Miss Saigon
My Fair Lady UK Tour
Natasha Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812 (audio only)
Natasha Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812 (video recording)
Newsies 2013 cast (Corey Cott, Kara Lindsay, Andrew Keenan-Bolger, Ben Fankhauser)
Newsies OBC
Newsies Tour
Next to Normal (Broadway Cast)
Next to Normal (OBC) (last performance of alice ripley, jennifer damiano, Brian d'Arcy James with speeches at the end)
Next to Normal (Off Broadway cast) (includes cut scenes and songs)
Oklahoma!
Oliver!
On The Twentieth Century
On a Clear Day OBC
On the Town (broadway 2014)
Once OBC
Once on this Island
Paramour
Passion: The Musical
Peter Pan
Peter and the Starcatcher
Phantom of The Opera
Pippin
Ragtime
Rent
Rent OBC opening night
Rocky Horror Picture Show
Saved! (Aaron Tveit and Original cast)
School of Rock OBC
She loves Me
Shrek the Musical
Side Show (off broadway)
Side Show OBC
Singing in the rain
Sister Act (London)
Something Rotten!
Sound of Music Broadway 1998
South Pacific
Spamalot
Spongebob the Musical
Spring Awakening (OBC)
Spring awakening (Deaf West)
Streetcar Named Desire (with Gillian Anderson)
Sunset Boulevard The Musical
Sweeney Todd
Sweeney Todd (audio only)
Sweeney Todd OBC
Sweet Charity US tour
Taboo the Musical by Boy George
Tangled the Musical (Disney Cruise)
Tarzan OBC
The Addams Family (audio only)
The Addams Family US Tour
The Color Purple
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime OBC
The Drowsy Chaperone
The Great American Trailer Park Musical OBC
The Jungle Book (chicago 2013)
The King and I
The Last Five Years
The Lightning Thief (early off-broadway)
The Lightning Thief (incomplete video)
The Music Man
The Newsboys Variety Show (OBC)
The Nightman Cometh
The Pajama Game OBC
The Producers
The Visit: The Musical
The Wild Party OBC
The Witches of Eastwick
The light in the Piazza
The little Mermaid
Thoroughly Modern Millie OBC
Tick Tick…Boom! (Original Off-Broadway Cast)
Titanic: The Musical
Tuck Everlasting OBC
Twisted: the untold Story of the Royal Vizier
Urinetown OBC
Waitress (Opening Night with Sara Bereilles) (audio only)
Waitress OBC
West Side Story
Who’s afraid of Virginia Woolf?
Wicked OBC
Wicked OBC (KC’s last)
Wicked Pre-Broadway
Wicked with Nicole Parker, Alli Mauzey, Aaron Tveit
Xanadu OBC
13 the Musical
1776
25th Annual Putnam Spelling Bee
42nd Street

i’m super overwhelmed right now so i’m so sorry if it takes a few days for me to get back to you, but feel free to message me if you want one!!! i’m always happy to gift or trade!

Bootleg Update:

Amelie (Pippa Soo)

Anything Goes (with Sutton Foster and Joel Grey)

Assassins (2004)

Book of Mormon (OBC)

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (London 2015)

Dear Evan Hansen (OBC)

Dogfight

Falsettos (October 2016)

Finding Neverland (OBC)

Hamilton (OBC; two versions)

Hamilton (Chicago Cast)

Hedwig and the Angry Inch (Darren Criss)

Hedwig and the Angry Inch (NPH)

Matilda

Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812

School of Rock (OBC)

Waitress (Jessie Mueller)

Wicked (OBC; Kristin’s last performance)

*If you want anything don’t be shy and send me a message :) if you have something to trade, great, if not: no worries I’m open to gifting*

Master List

So, here’s a Master List of all the productions I have, including cast members that were interesting enough for me to write down. Just message me if you want the link to any of the productions. Also, anything with a title beginning with The” will be found under T. And if you have any further questions on cast, just contact me :)

If you are interested in one of these productions, you can:

  1. message me on here saying which shows you want
  2. then if you could email me at muchadoaboutbroadway@gmail.com
  3. if you could include your tumblr url in the email, thank you :)

Thanks so much! It just makes it so much easier for me this way :)


A

A Bed and A Chair- OBC w Bernadette Peters, Jeremy Jordan & Norm Lewis 

A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder- OBC w Jefferson Mays

Aladdin- Pre-Broadway in Toronto w Adam Jacobs & James Monroe Iglehart

Aladdin- Broadway w Adam Jacobs & James Monroe Iglehart

An American in Paris- Brandon Uranowitz, Leanne Cope & Robert Fairchild 

Anything Goes- 2011 revival w Joel Grey, Laura Osnes & Sutton Foster

Assassins- 2004 revival w Neil Patrick Harris

Avenue Q- Off-Broadway (exact cast unknown)

B

Bare- 2012 revival w Barrett Wilbert Weed, Jason Hite & Taylor Trensch

Bare: A Pop Opera- Jenna Leigh Green, Natalie Joy Johnson & Michael Arden

Big Fish- Pre-Broadway (Chicago) w Norbert Leo Butz

Billy Elliot- Santino Fontana & Trent Kowalik

Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson- Broadway (exact cast unknown)

Bonnie & Clyde- OBC w Jeremy Jordan, Laura Osnes & Louis Hobson 

C

Cabaret- Emma Stone

Carousel- 2013 w Jason Danieley, Jessie Mueller & Kelli O’Hara

Catch Me If You Can- OBC w Aaron Tveit, Kerry Butler & Norbert Leo Butz

Cinderella- OBC w Laura Osnes & Santino Fontana

Cinderella- Keke Palmer

Company- 2011 New York Philharmonic w Neil Patrick Harris 

D

Dirty Rotten Scoundrels- OBC w Norbert Leo Butz & Sherie Rene Scott 

Dogfight- OOBC w Derek Klena 

E

Evita- OBC w Mandy Patinkin & Patti LuPone (poor quality)

F

First Date- OBC w Krysta Rodriguez & Zachary Levi

Finding Neverland- Boston w Jeremy Jordan & Laura Michelle Kelly

Finding Neverland- OBC w Laura Michelle Kelly & Matthew Morrison

Fun Home- Previews w Judy Kuhn, Michael Cerveris, Sydney Lucas 

G

Godspell- 2011 revival w Hunter Parrish & Wallace Smith

Grease- 2007 revival w Laura Osnes & Max Crumm

Gypsy- 2003 revival w Bernadette Peters, Chandra Lee Shwartz & David Burtka

Gypsy- 2008 revival w Laura Benanti, Patti Lupone & Tony Yazbeck  

H

Hairspray- 2006 w Andrew Rannells, Darlene Love & Tevin Campbell

Hairspray- 2006 w Aaron Tveit, Shannon Durig & Tevin Campbell

Heathers- Barrett Wilbert Weed & Dan Domenech

Hedwig and the Angry Inch- Andrew Rannells

Hedwig and the Angry Inch- Anthony Rapp

Hedwig and the Angry Inch- Darren Criss

Hedwig and the Angry Inch- John Cameron Mitchell

Hedwig and the Angry Inch- John Cameron Mitchell *Crate Show

Hedwig and the Angry Inch- Michael Cerveris

Hedwig and the Angry Inch- Michael C Hall

Hedwig and the Angry Inch- Neil Patrick Harris

How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying- Daniel Radcliffe

How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying- Darren Criss

Hunchback of Notre Dame- Michael Arden at La Jolla Playhouse

I

If/Then- Broadway Previews w Idina Menzel

Into the Woods- OBC w Bernadette Peters, Joanna Gleason & Chip Zien

Into the Woods- 2002 w Judi Dench & Laura Benanti

It Shoulda Been You- OBC w Chip Zein, David Burtka & Sierra Boggess

J

Jekyll & Hyde- David Hasselhoff

Jersey Boys- OBC w John Lloyd Young

Jesus Christ Superstar- 2012 revival

K

Kinky Boots- Pre-Broadway Chicago

L

Legally Blonde- MTV w Laura Bell Bundy, Christian Borle & Michael Rupert

Les Miserables- Dallas

Les Miserables- West End w Carrie Hope Fletcher & James Gant

Les Miserables- 25th Anniversary Concert w Lea Salonga & Ramin Karimloo

Les Miserables- 2006 w Adam Jacobs, Celia Keenan-Bolger & Norm Lewis 

Les Miserables- 2013 w Andy Mientus, Nikki M James & Ramin Karimloo

Little Shop of Horrors- 2003 Broadway Tryout w Alice Ripley & Hunter Foster

Little Shop of Horrors- 2003 OBC Previews w Kerry Butler & Hunter Foster

M

Matilda- Gabriel Ebert, Lesli Margherita & Oona Laurence

Matilda- Sophia Genneusa

Matilda- Sophia Kiely

Matilda- Jill Paice, Lesli Margherita & Ripley Sobo

Matilda- Bailey Ryon & Lesli Margherita

Miss Saigon- Lea Salonga 

N

Newsies- OBC w Andrew Keenan-Bolger, Kara Lindsay & Jeremy Jordan

Newsies- First National Tour w Dan Deluca & Zachary Sayle

Newsies- Closing Cast w Corey Cott & Liana Hunt  

Next to Normal- Brian d’Arcy James & Asa Somers *includes “Costco Song”

Next to Normal- Brian d’Arcy James & Asa Somers

Next to Normal- Jason Danieley, Kyle Dean Massey & Marin Mazzie

Next to Normal- Asa Somers, Curt Hansen, Emma Hunton & Jeremy Kushnier  

Next to Normal- OBC w Aaron Tveit, Alice Ripley & Jennifer Damiano 

Next to Normal- Jessica Phillips & Kyle Dean Massey 

Next to Normal- OOBC w Aaron Tveit, Alice Ripley & Brian d’Arcy James

Nice Work If You Can Get It- OBC w Kelli O’Hara & Matthew Broderick

O

Oklahoma!- 1999 w Hugh Jackman (pro-shot)

Oliver!: West End w Kerry Ellis

Once: OBC w Cristin Miloti & Steve Kazee

P

Parade: Los Angeles

Peter and the Starcatcher: OBC w Celia Keenan Bolger & Christian Borle

Phantom of the Opera- Norm Lewis & Sierra Boggess

Pippin- 1981 TV Movie w Ben Vereen & Chita Rivera

Pippin- 2013 w Matthew James Thomas, Patina Miller & Terrence Mann

Pippin- 2014 w Kyle Dean Massey, Patina Miller & Terrence Mann

R

Rent- 2008 w Eden Espinosa (Pro-Shot)

Rent- 10th Anniversary Performance (Reunited OBC)

Rent- 2010 Hollywood Bowl w Aaron Tveit, Skylar Astin & Vanessa Hudgens

S

Side Show- OBC w Alice Ripley, Emily Skinner & Norm Lewis

Something Rotten!- OBC w Brian d’Arcy James, Christian Borle & John Cariani

South Pacific- Lincoln Center w Kelli O’Hara

Spamalot- OBC w Christian Borle, David Hyde Pierce & Tim Curry

Spring Awakening- OBC w John Gallagher Jr, Jonathan Groff & Lea Michele

Spring Awakening- 2009 w Andy Mientus, Ben Fankhauser, Jake Epstein, Matt Shingledecker & Taylor Trensch 

Spring Awakening- Deaf West

Spring Awakening- Andy Mientus, Ben Moss, Blake Bashoff & Kyle Riabko

Spring Awakening- Jennifer Damiano, Gerard Canonico & Matt Doyle

Sunday…George- 2008 revival w Santino Fontana  

Sweeney Todd- 1982 TV Movie w Angela Lansbury & George Hearn (Pro-Shot)

Sweeney Todd- 2005 revival w Patti LuPone & Michael Cerveris

T

The 3 Musketeers- Aaron Tveit

The 25th Annual…Bee- OBC w Celia Keenan-Bolger & Jesse Tyler Ferguson

The Addams Family- OBC w Jackie Hoffman, Nathan Lane & Terrence Mann

The Book of Mormon- OBC w Andrew Rannells, Josh Gad & Nikki M. James

The Book of Mormon- Ben Platt & Nic Roleau

The Book of Mormon- Gavin Creel

The Boy from Oz- OBC w Hugh Jackman & Stephanie J. Block

The Bridges of Madison County- OBC w Kelli O’Hara & Steve Pasquale

The Curious Incident…Night-Time- Broadway w Alex Sharp

The Curious Incident…Night-Time- West End w Graham Butler

The Drowsy Chaperone- OBC w Eddie Korbich & Sutton Foster

The King and I- Broadway w Kelli O’Hara, Ken Watanabe & Ruthie Ann Miles

The Last Five Years- Adam Kaplan & Katie Rose Clark

The Man Who Came to Dinner- Nathan Lane

The Producers- OBC w Matthew Broderick & Nathan Lane

Thoroughly Modern Millie- OBC w Gavin Creel & Sutton Foster

Titanic: 1997 OBC w Brian d’Arcy James, Michael Cerveris & Victoria Clark  

U

Urinetown- OBC w Hunter Foster 

W

West Side Story- 2009 revival w Matt Cavenaugh & Ryan Steele

Wicked- OBC Previews w Idina Menzel, Kristin Chenoweth & Norbert Leo Butz

Wicked- 2004 w Idina Menzel, Kristen Chenoweth & Taye Diggs

Wicked- Aaron Tveit & Alli Mauzey

Wicked- Adam Lambert

Wicked- Annaleigh Ashford, Sebastian Arcelus & Stephanie J. Block

Wicked- Annaleigh Ashford, Dee Roscioli & Kristoffer Cusick 

Wicked- Derrick Williams, Eden Espinosa & Megan Hilty

Wicked- Kara Lindsay, Laurel Harris & Matt Shingledecker

Wicked- Kyle Dean Massey & Willemijn Verkaik 

Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown- OBC w Brian Stokes Mitchell, Laura Benanti, Patti LuPone & Sherie Rene Scott

Wonderland- 2011 w Janet Dacal, Kate Shindle & Carly Rose Sonenclar

Y

Young Frankenstein- Christopher Fitzgerald, Megan Mullally & Sutton Foster

ew.com
Darren Criss: From a Warbler on 'Glee' to a Killer in 'The Assassination of Gianni Versace'
‘I am up for the challenge. There’s zero anxiety.’

Ryan Murphy was adamant that Darren Criss — best known for his five seasons on Murphy’s Glee as sweet, bow-tied Blaine — play the Andrew Cunanan, the twisted serial killer in The Assassination of Gianni Versace. A Talented Mr. Ripley-type character, Cunanan charmed his way into wealthy circles before his violent break; he’s far from a one-note monster.

It’s unquestionably the biggest and most challenging role of Criss’ career so far. “Actors are only as good as the parts they get. You can only be as good as those moments you get,” Criss says. “This is one of those ship-coming-in moments where Ryan has really given me this massive opportunity, and I’d like to think I am up for the challenge. There’s zero anxiety.”

It’s a definite about-face from the squeaky clean Blaine, but Criss says he treats all roles with equal intensity. “I don’t like quantifying one [role is] harder or easier or funner or more significant than other characters,” says the 30-year-old. “Blaine, by comparison, could be put into a cartoonish box. The very patter of Glee exists in a different world than the one we’re dealing with. But all the same, I treat that silly hairdo and the clothes he wore and the way that he spoke and the things he believed in with the same currency that I treat someone like Andrew, who was a real person and had real friends and family.”

To sell his creative team on his vision, Murphy sent Smith and executive producer Brad Simpson to see Criss in the touring production of Hedwig and the Angry Inch. “Once every night he jumps into somebody’s lap and makes out with them,” says Simpson. “In the middle of the show, he jumps in the audience and rips my glasses off and makes out with me. It was very charming and a very Cunanan thing to do, to be a little devilish. Cunanan charmed people and then turned them off. We’re talking about a serial killer people liked.” Criss jokes: “I casting-couched the s— outta that! In my defense, I didn’t know it was Brad Simpson. I’m glad I didn’t know.”

LIST OF BOOTLEGS

21 Chump Street
A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder (Broadway)
An Act of God (Broadway)
Amelie
American Psycho The Musical
A Very Potter Musical
A Very Potter Sequel
A Very Potter Senior-Year
Avenue Q (Original Broadway Cast)
Avenue Q (unknown cast)
Be More Chill (audio only)
Bonnie and Clyde (Broadway)
Chicago
Dear Evan Hansen (Original Broadway Cast (?) )
Dr.Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog
Falsettos (2016)
Falsettos (2016 second angle)
Falsettos (Original Version)
Grease (unknown cast)
Groundhog Day (Audio Only)
Hairspray (Andrew Rannells as Link)
Hamilton (Andrew Rannells as King George)(not full show)
Hamilton (Rory O’Malley as King George)
Hamilton (unknown cast)
Hamilton (Original Broadway Cast (?) )
(And other angles and unknown cast recordings)
Heathers the Musical (act 1 only) (original Broadway cast)
Heathers the Musical (Off-Broadway, 2016)
Hedwig and the Angry Inch (Andrew Rannells)
Hedwig and the Angry Inch (Neil Patrick Harris)
Hedwig and the Angry Inch (John Cameron Mitchell)
Hedwig and the Angry Inch (John Cameron Mitchell) CRATE SHOW
Hedwig and the Angry Inch (John Cameron Mitchell and SC) CRATE SHOW
Hedwig and the Angry Inch (Darren Criss)
Hedwig and the Angry Inch (Michael C. Hall)
In the Heights (Broadway)
In the Heights (2014)
In Trousers (Trinity College)
Legally Blonde (2007)
Newsies (Original Broadway Cast)
Phantom of the Opera (2014 Broadway)
Phantom of the Opera (Highschool production)
Pokémon Live!
Portal 2 the Musical (2017)
Pippin (2013 Revival)
Something Rotton (Christian Borle)
Spring Awakening (Deaf West)
Spring Awakening (Original Tour Cast)
Spring Awakening (Original Broadway Cast)
Sweeney Todd (Original Broadway Cast 1979)
Sweeney Todd (JJ Pearce Theatre)
The Book of Mormon (Gavin Creel USA)
The Book of Mormon (London)
The Book of Mormon (Ben Platt and Nic Rouleau)
The Book of Mormon (Original Broadway Cast)
The Great Comet (unknown cast)
Tuck Everlasting (Broadway)
Waitress (Jessie Mueller)
Waitress (Original Broadway Cast)
Waitress (Unknown cast???)

Message me on tumblr or send an ask with your email and I’ll happily send you the bootlegs you want! Keep in mind they may take a while to send but I’m happy to help!

Wants:
(If you have these please consider trading!)
-The Book of Mormon Australia
-Any video recording of Be More Chill
-Big Fish
-Anything else with Andrew Rannells, Christian Borle, or Rory O'Malley in it
-Groundhog Day (I only have audio)
-March of the Falsettos
-Falsettoland
-The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime
-Any other version of Hedwig
Thank you!

Understanding the End of Hedwig

I have read, in a lot of places on the internet, people saying they don’t get the ending of Hedwig and the Angry Inch. Which is fair, it’s quite odd and confusing but I also think it’s worth understanding, because I think the message is truly beautiful. As with all art, it’s open for interpretation, and Hedwig is very layered so you can either skim the surface or dive in deep.

So the ending. You have a choice – the short version (brief, vague) or the long version (where I delve into the storyline, the songs and the parallel that is Yitzhak).

The short version of it is:

The play is about identity and self-acceptance. Hedwig spends the musical searching for his literal other half, the person who will complete him, make him whole. What he is actually searching for is acceptance, love and identity. (He says early on that “it’s the geography of human contact. The triangulation of a pair of eyes on my face, the latitude and longitude of a hand on my body, these are the only clue I have to my place in the world.”) Hedwig’s struggle with his identity comes of a climax (bud-dum-shh!) when he accepts himself, without the wig, or the heels, just him. The metaphor of him morphing into Tommy is that Tommy is a representation to us the audience as the other half of himself that he was trying to find and in accepting himself he becomes whole. In the musical, Tommy & Hedwig are played by the same actor forming a visual representation to the audience that he was whole the entire time. Taking this further, you could argue the part of himself he wasn’t accepting was the male part of himself.

So, Tommy represents the other half of himself that he wasn’t accepting, so in taking on Tommy’s appearance but still being Hedwig we see him accept himself as a whole.

The long version:

I repeat. As with all art, it’s open for interpretation. And for clarity, I have seen the original off-Broadway bootleg, the feature film, the new Broadway production with Neil Patrick Harris, JCM & Darren Criss. I have not however read the book.

For me, the musical is about identity and self-acceptance. One of the most important songs to the plot is “Origin of Love” it lays out Hedwig’s whole underlying belief system through out the narrative of his life. Throughout his story he is searching for his “other half” the one that was taken from him ‘when the earth was still flat and the clouds made of fire’ and Zeus “split them right down the middle… cut them right up in half”. He sees his other half as someone who would understand him completely expressed in the lyric “the pain down in your soul/Was the same as the one down in mine”, so his search for his other half is his search for acceptance.

You may have noticed I use the pronouns “him/his” as opposed to “she/her”. Obviously, this is a tricky issue and could I have a chat, I’d ask, however my reasoning is as follows: From the play we know Hedwig was born Hansel Schmitt, a biological male and forced to have a sex change in order to escape East Berlin. John Cameron Mitchell has said in an interview that Hedwig never identified as female, he is not in fact a transgender female – though biologically he is. So, in desperation to find his other half he sacrifices a large part of his own identity and embraces a female identity, however his still identifies as male hence I use “he/his”.

One of my favourite songs of the musical is “Wig in a Box” and I really love the performance aspect the Broadway Production added, particularly Darren Criss’ interpretation. The key line in the song is:

“And pull the wig down from the shelf
Suddenly I’m Miss Beehive 1963
Until I wake up
And turn back to myself”
(Wig in a Box)

The important thing to get from this song, is he puts on a lot of wigs in his life but it’s only when he removes the wigs, when he’s putting himself to bed, is he truly himself. Hedwig – a stunningly well picked name – is a character, a persona he hides behind because he struggles to accept who he is. All that in your face attitude, it’s an aggressive way of hiding.

Now, this post is about explaining the end of the play, I’m getting there. But there is another significant character in the musical – Yitzhak. Yitzhak’s story runs both as a parallel and a contrast to Hedwig’s.

The parallel comes as both Hedwig and Yitzhak, in order to escape oppression, they had to give up a part of themselves – a part of their identity. For Yitzhak, it was the female part, the drag queen persona. In the musical, Hedwig is played by a biologically male actor, whilst Yitzhak is played by a biologically female actress. This is very, very important as even though both characters are born biologically male – deep down what they identify as is reflected by their actor. Hedwig looses his penis – the physical representation of his male identity, whilst Yitzhak looses the wigs, the female part of his identity. The Contrast.

Now, the parallel of Yitzhak’s story obviously means the end of his story is a reflection of the end of Hedwig’s. Which is why I think it’s important.
(On a side note: Yitzhak’s whole story is shown much better in the onstage musical, particularly the revival. When I saw the feature film, which is the first version of Hedwig I saw, Yitzhak’s whole story was lost on me. I was completely bemused and confused when he was auditioning for Rent or something? It’s just one of the layers that I think it was difficult to replicate in the film.)

So in “Exquisite Corpse”, Hedwig goes nuts, everything goes a bit ballistic, he’s confused, frustrated and angry. In the original onstage production he physically tears his dress off removing the wig and fake boobs. Then we move in to “Wicked Little Town – Reprise”. (This is my favourite song.) And it is so frustrating that in the feature film because Tommy Gnosis is cast as a different actor to Hedwig it doesn’t quite capture the same meaning as the onstage production. I understand why it was necessary though.

This is where things become very open to interpretation. Has Hedwig become Tommy? Have they reformed to become one? Actually put themselves back together? Is it just a symbol of Tommy finally understanding Hedwig?
Potentially, all of the above.

For me, it’s a metaphor. The reworded song lyrics show Tommy is trying tell Hedwig that he understands what Hedwig’s gone through, he realises how hard his life’s been and how much he’s had taken from him in life. At the same time it’s Hedwig coming to terms with everything he’s gone through.

“And there’s no mystical design
No cosmic lover preassigned.
There’s nothing you can find
That can not be found.
‘Cause with all the changes
You’ve been through
It seems the stranger’s always you
Alone again in some new
Wicked Little Town.”
(Wicked Little Town - Reprise)

Hedwig has finally accepted himself. He’s been searching for somewhere to belong all his life but everywhere he goes he gives up parts of himself to not recieve the acceptance he desires in return. His mother never cared for him, his husband left him after him giving up his penis, Tommy left him after taking away his music.

“Know in you soul
Like your blood knows the way
From you heart to your brain
Know that you’re whole
(Midnight Radio)

He has accepted he isn’t half of a whole but is whole himself. He doesn’t need anything else, be it the wigs, the heels, the make up or even another person.

The metaphor of him morphing in to Tommy is that Tommy is a visual representation of the other half of himself, the half he was trying to find and in the end it was him that actually needs to accept himself. Tommy is the symbol of the missing part of himself, he needed to accept.

So finally, in Midnight Radio he gives Yitzhak the wig that Yitzhak has been craving the entire play (“I’m bearing my soul here and you’re masturbating with acrylic hair!”) Yitzhak is allowed to embrace his true self just as Hedwig learns to embrace himself. Hedwig leaves the stage as Hedwig but looking like Tommy.

The play is about identity and self-acceptance. I think it’s beautiful because it’s something so many people struggle with. Be it your gender, orientation, body image or even if you’re a heterosexual, cis-person simply trying to accept yourself in your own skin. As I said, not everyone’s going to interpret it the same way as me, but hopefully this might help one person get Hedwig.

(Just as a last note: pronouns for Yitzhak are tricky as its never resolved if he/she identifies as female in a drag queen sense, or a transgender way. I went with male pronouns as they’re used in the musical.)

Bootleg Masterlist (As of 05/22/17)

If you see something that you would like you can either send me a private message on here or send an email to broadway.aces@gmail.com Trading is encouraged but if you are just starting out/don’t have anything that isn’t on my list, I am fine with gifting. I will try to respond as soon as possible but I get a lot of requests so if I don’t respond after a few days, send me another message/email.

FULL LIST OF MY BOOTLEGS ALPHABETICALLY
(shows starting with ‘the’ are under ’t’)

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25th Annual Putman County Spelling Bee

A

Aladdin (OBC, missing James Monroe Iglehart)
Amelie (Phillipa Soo In LA)
Amélie (Samantha Bark)
Anything Goes
Anastasia​ (Hartford)
Avenue Q
A Very Potter Musical
A Very Potter Sequel
A Very Potter Senior Year

B

Bare: A Pop Opera (Audio from Los Angeles 2000)
Bare: A Pop Opera
Bare: A Pop Opera (OOBC 2004)
Bare: A Rock Musical (Los Angeles 2013 Revival)
bare the musical (Off Broadway 2012)
Book of Mormon (OBC)
Book of Mormon (Chicago)

C

Cabaret (with Emma Stone)
Cabaret (with Alan Cumming)
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (OLC)
Catch Me If You Can (Broadway 2011)
Chicago (US Tour)

D

Dear Evan Hansen (OBC)
Dogfight

F

Falsettos (2016 Broadway Cast)
Finding Neverland (OBC)
Fun Home

G

Grease (New Broadway Cast)

H

Hamilton (OBC)
Hamilton (Javier Muñoz, Alysha Deslorieux, Andrew Chappelle)
Hamilton (Chicago)
Heathers (Off Broadway)
Hedwig and the Angry Itch (Anthony Rapp)
Hedwig and the Angry Itch (Neil Patrick Harris)
Hedwig and the Angry Itch (Darren Criss)

I

If/Then (Broadway Preview 3/8/14)
If/Then (Broadway 5/25/14)
If/Then (Final Show 5/22/15)
In The Heights
In The Heights (Javier Muñoz)
Into The Woods

K

Kinky Boots

L

Legally Blonde (Professional Recording)
Legally Blonde ( San Francisco Closing Performance 2/24/07)
Les Misérables (10th Anniversary Concert)
Les Misérables​ (Hollywood Superbowl)
Les Misérables​ (Dallas Theatre Centre 2014)

M

Matilda (Ripley Sobo)
Matilda (Oona Laurence)

N

Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812 (Audio from 2016(?))
Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812 (Denee Baton)
Newsies (OBC)
Newsies (OBC March 2012)
Newsies (Corey Cott and Kara Lindsay)
Next To Normal (OOBC)
Next To Normal (2nd Broadway Preview)

R

RENT (Opening Night on Broadway)
RENT (Final Broadway Show- Professional Recording)
RENT (Hollywood Superbowl with Aaron Tveit)

S

Spring Awakening (Off Broadway)
Spring Awakening (mostly OBC)
Spring Awakening (some OBC)
Spring Awakening (Matt Doyle 7/18/07)
Spring Awakening (Deaf West)
Spring Awakening (Deaf West 10/18/15)

T

The Color Purple (Broadway 2006)
The Hunchback of Notre Dame (Paper Mill Playhouse)
The Phantom of the Opera (Broadway 2015)
Tuck Everlasting

W

Waitress (I think it is Broadway and OBC)
West Side Story (2009 Revival with Karen Olivo)
Wicked (OBC)
Wicked (OBC- Kristin Chenoweth’s last)
Wicked Chicago (Alison Luff and Gina Beck)
Wicked (Nicole Parker, Alli Mauzey, Aaron Tveit)
Broadway Bootlegs!

I am a new to the bootleg club and I have a few videos I want. If you have these and are willing to give them to me, I would greatly appreciate it!!!

• any Hamiltons (not OBC or OCC or lexi or swings)
BOM OBC or OCC
Amelie with Samantha Barks
Natasha, Pierre, and the Great Comet of 1812
Newsies OBC
Hedwig w/ Darren Criss
Les Miserables with Carrie Hope Fletcher
Aladdin pre-broadway
Matilda with Sophia Gennusa
Curious Incident
• The color purple act 2
Heathers full oc(if that even exists) edit: it does exist
Anastasia pre-broadway

THANKS AGAIN THE BOOTLEG COMMUNITY IS GR8