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Musical ‘Hedwig’ to return with Cho Seung-woo

June 23, 2021 - 16:27 By Im Eun-byel
A poster image for the musical “Hedwig and the Angry Inch” (Shownote)
Cho Seung-woo is to return as the iconic rock star character Hedwig in the rock musical “Hedwig and the Angry Inch.”

According to production company Shownote, Cho, Oh Man-seok, Lee Kyu-hyeong, Ko Eun-sung and Ren from boy band Newest will take the title role in the 13th run of “Hedwig and the Angry Inch” in South Korea.

The musical, written by Stephen Trask and John Cameron Mitchell, tells the story of a genderqueer rock singer from East Germany. The singer, Hedwig, leads her own band, the Angry Inch. Hedwig develops a relationship with a younger singer named Tommy, who steals her music and becomes a rock star.

The hit rock musical premiered in 1998 and made its Broadway debut in 2014. The Korean premiere was in 2005. It has drawn 630,000 audience members to its 2,300 performances here over 12 seasons.

Cho, who deftly moves between the small screen, the silver screen and the stage, first joined the show for its 2005 Korean premiere. This season the actor, beloved for his role in the TV drama series “Stranger,” will return as Hedwig for the first time in five years. This will be the show’s seventh season with Cho in the lead role. 

The cast of the upcoming run of the musical “Hedwig and the Angry Inch” (Shownote)

Ko Eun-sung and Ren from boy band Newest have newly joined the cast.

Ko came under the spotlight for playing Anatole in the musical “The Great Comet” earlier this year and competed in the JTBC music audition show “Phantom Singer.” Ren began his musical career in 2020 with “Jamie.” He played Jamie New, a high school student who dreams of becoming a drag queen.

“Hedwig and the Angry Inch” runs July 30 to Oct. 31 at the Chungmu Arts Center in central Seoul. Tickets open Tuesday.