SHOWS AND EVENTS
The Aurora Fox Brings HEDWIG
To Life With a Fresh, Local Cast!
January 19 – February 10, 2017
The Aurora Fox is bringing the cult favorite “Hedwig and the Angry Inch” to the stage with a locally- sourced cast that brings high-caliber talent to the table, promising to create an unforgettable rock show. Running from Jan. 19 to Feb. 10, it is the first time in nearly a decade that this grunge-rock musical has been produced by a Denver Metropolitan Area theatre company. Tickets are on sale now.
Winner of four Tony Awards, “Hedwig and the Angry Inch” follows a fictional band, The Angry Inch, fronted by Hedwig, a transgender East German singer/songwriter. The story unfolds as the glam-rocker and her band tour the country following former lover and superstar, Tommy Gnosis, who has stolen Hedwig’s songs, achieving great success. Resentful and alone, Hedwig shares her emotional story of growing up as a boy in East Berlin, through her botched sex change operation and incredible life journey to the United States in search of her other half. With a high-energy pop/rock score, the show is part concert, part story and part drag performance.
The Aurora Fox is thrilled to announce Jake Mendes as Hedwig and Norrell Moore as Yitzahk. Jake Mendes recently returned to the Denver-area community from New York City. He appeared off-Broadway in “Bunnicula” and “Pinkalicious: The Musical” with other appearances in “Xanadu,” “A Man Of No Importance,” “The Little Dog Laughed,” “The Normal Heart,” and “The Drowsy Chaperone.” Regionally, he was seen in “The
Rocky Horror Show,” “Little Shop of Horrors,” “Spring Awakening,” “Assassins,” and “RENT.” He has appeared in recent Arvada Center productions of “A Chorus Line,” “I’ll Be Home For Christmas,” and can currently be seen in “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.” Jake received a Bachelor of the Arts in Musical Theatre from the University of Northern Colorado and is a 2016 True West Award winner.
Norrell Moore can also be seen in the Arvada Center’s current production of “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.” Other credits include “Shakespeare Cabaret” at the Globe Theatre, “I Don <3 U Ne Mor” at Lucille Lortel/NY Fringe, “Legally Blonde,” “I’ll Be Home For Christmas” and “A Chorus Line” at The Arvada Center, “Shrek the Musical” and “Sisters of Swing” at BDT Stage, “Anything Goes” and “Hair” at Town Hall Arts Center, “Catch Me If You Can” at The Aurora Fox, “Cabaret” with Ignite Theatre and “Bloody, Bloody Andrew Jackson” with Ben Dicke Productions. Norrell holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Acting from Marymount Manhattan College and is a member of Actors Equity Association.
With Nick Sugar at the helm as both director and choreographer, the show is guaranteed to pack a punch and expose the grandeur of Hedwig. As a respected performer and director, Sugar is known across the local theatre scene for his intimate knowledge of Hedwig and the nuances of this musical. He has played the title role multiple times himself and is now eager to pass the baton to a new rising talent. David Nehls will provide musical direction.
“Hedwig and the Angry Inch” is the third production of the Aurora Fox’s 33rd season. With a season built to convey their values of inclusion, diversity, innovation and making live theatre accessible, the Aurora Fox hopes that their works reflect a manifold of voices, sharing the unique stories that make up the surrounding community. This production will show on its mainstage for its five-week run, Jan. 19 – Feb. 10. Full show details are included on the Aurora Fox website at www.aurorafox.org.
ABOUT THE AURORA FOX ARTS CENTER
Now in its 33rd season, the Aurora Fox Arts Center presents a full season of relevant and energetic theatre that engages the full Denver Metro Area. It is a public service of the city of Aurora under the Library and Cultural Services Department. Built in 1945 as a movie theater, the Aurora Fox was purchased by the city of Aurora in 1983, and completely renovated and reopened in 1985.
The Aurora Fox Arts Center presents “Hedwig and the Angry Inch”
Aurora Fox Mainstage Theatre
Opening Jan. 19 – Feb. 10
Thursday/Friday/Saturday – 7:30 p.m.; Sun – 2 p.m.
*Saturdays, Feb. 3 & 10, 7:30 p.m. & 11 p.m. performances
More information and tickets: www.aurorafoxartscenter.org/afac/hedwig