Reviews for Hedwig & the Angry Inch
Globe & Mail | January 24, 2013
Composer Stephen Trask’s tunes – ranging from glam to punk – are genuinely catchy and delivered with gusto here by a four-person band and [L.A. Lopes]. But this production’s appeal is really all in Drabinsky’s well-honed lead performance, which he’s been touring on and off across the country for the past few years. He swings from charming to cruel, wild to wounded, while seducing and abusing his audience brilliantly.
NOW Toronto | January 17, 2013
Seth Drabinsky has made Hedwig his own [since Ghost Light Project’s 2009 production], taking on the role of co-director and remounting the show with his own company for a successful string of cross-country engagements. Drabinsky’s performance was strong before and is even better now...[he] now wears Hedwig’s vampy charisma and volatile punk attitude like a second skin. Some of the funniest moments were during improvised banter with the audience.
While Drabinsky largely carries the show, he gets plenty of help from the Angry Inch, the solid backing band, and L.A. Lopes, who reprises her role as submissive sidekick/whipping boy Yitzhak (and once again shows off her impressive pipes). The band’s four seasoned session musicians know how to rock, and they feed nicely off the ferocious energy Hedwig exudes.
The Grid TO | January 16, 2013
Whether he’s really half-man, half–Energizer Bunny, or slipping something illicit into his water, Seth Drabinsky is surely hiding something. That’s the only way to explain the almost paranormal energy he exhibits as the Berlin-born rock star Hedwig. Whatever Drabinsky’s secret, it’s working. [He’s also] backed by a live band and the impressive vocals of L.A. Lopes, who plays Hedwig’s sullen second banana Yitzhak. As both the star and the director, Drabinsky successfully manages bridge the gap between the punk-rock edge of songs like “Angry Inch” and melancholy ballads like “Wicked Little Town.” He pulls off this range of emotions with fabulous ferocity in a show that smashes walls, stereotypes, and categories. As is often the case with such an iconic role, productions of this show are only as badass as their Hedwig, and whatever his secret, Drabinsky really makes the production sing.
FAB Magazine | January 11, 2013
Seth Drabinsky not only brings the damaged diva to full uproarious life, but adds a sly smile to the tragic elements that make the heartbreak beneath the backbeats and wisecracks even stronger. The songs in Hedwig are instantly catchy; pilfered from glam rock's ear worm-infested back catalogue, they have an accessibility and raunchy patina that Drabinsky gleefully bites into. His pipes are impressive -- lungs and arms -- and it is only in hindsight that one wishes Hedwig's character required full vocal flight so that could be heard. LA Lopes, as Yitzhak, is under no such dramatic constraints and takes full advantage of every opportunity to show off her prowess. The band is tight and manages to sound rockish while allowing room for the lyrics to be clear and enunciated. Much of the storyline happens within the songs, and the singers and musicians conspire carefully to make it all flow.
Winnipeg Free Press | July 15, 2011
Toronto’s Breathe Feel Love’s production is a fun, fast-paced raunchy rock ’n’ roll romp filled with tragedy, humour and a kick-ass band. Seth Drabinsky seems born for the role of Hedwig as he completely and believably transforms himself into the transgendered, trash-talking song-stylist.
CBC Manitoba | July 15, 2011
The task of carrying the show falls to Seth Drabinsky as Hedwig, and he's certainly up to it, making Hedwig's collapse believable - and also credibly delivering the music with a strong belter's voice. L.A. Lopes as Yitzhak, Hedwig's lover, also gets to belt out a couple of numbers herself, and does them proud.
The Winnipeg Review | July 18, 2011
Seth Drabinsky, who plays Hedwig, and L.A. Lopes, who plays Yitzhak, are incredible singers with immense acting talent. This, by far, is the best the Fringe has to offer. Their band, consisting of Jeremy Knowles on drums, Christian Bonner on guitar, Sarah Burton on keyboard and guitar, and bassist Cindy Doire do a remarkable job.