ACT­ING OUT ‘Hed­wig and the An­gry Inch’ to rock The Fox

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It’s one of the most cel­e­brated stage mu­si­cals of the last 20 years, and its cen­tral char­ac­ter is an iconic fig­ure in the LGBT com­mu­nity. “Hed­wig and the An­gry Inch” comes to the ATL next week as part of its first na­tional tour. Orig­i­nated off-Broad­way in 1998 by John Cameron Mitchell, the show fi­nally landed on Broad­way in 2014, where it won a Tony Award for both Best Mu­si­cal Re­vival and for its then-star Neil Pa­trick Har­ris.

As part of the tour, ac­tor Euan Mor­ton steps into the role of the in­fa­mous Hed­wig, who, after mov­ing to the United States to be with a sol­dier and sur­viv­ing an un­suc­cess­ful sex-change op­er­a­tion, searches for an ex-lover turned rock star. The role came, Mor­ton told Ge­or­gia Voice, in a “bor­ing and tra­di­tional way.”

“I au­di­tioned for it,” he said. “They asked me to au­di­tion be­fore, but I was busy with some­thing else and later they called up again, which was very flat­ter­ing. It went very well. I got a call­back and had to do a dance au­di­tion, which was not my forte, for John Cameron Mitchell and the en­tire team. And they called up later and said the job was mine.”

The tour started last fall with “Glee” star Dar­ren Criss in the role. Mor­ton took over in San Diego in Novem­ber, and has been per­form­ing ever since. He ad­mits that the phys­i­cal­ity has been more de­mand­ing than the emo­tional heft.

“The emo­tional stuff is act­ing and it’s real, but it’s easy to put down,” he said. “It’s not some­thing I take home with me. The phys­i­cal stuff is harder. It can be tir­ing to do all this and sing these songs eight times a week. ”

It takes Mor­ton about an hour-and-a-half or so to be­come the char­ac­ter each night. He has to be ex­act be­cause Hed­wig fans know what she looks like.

“A lot of my job is done if my wig and cos­tume peo­ple are con­vinc­ing be­cause peo­ple will buy what I am sell­ing,” he said.

The ac­tor’s ver­sion of the char­ac­ter show­cases both Hed­wig’s mas­cu­line and fem­i­nine side, and he also plays her with curiosity and bold­ness.

“I want peo­ple to find her per­son­able,” Mor­ton said. “I don’t think she is out to be that ag­gres­sive. She says things that she thinks are

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