Becks is an indie film based on the real life experiences of singer-songwriter Alyssa Robbins, who also wrote most of the songs for the film. It’s about a struggling singer in NYC who moves back to St Louis when her girlfriend leaves her to move to California. She moves in with her mother, a former nun, and starts singing at a local bar. She meets and becomes closer to a married woman, Elyse.
The lead character, Becks, is played by the fabulous Lena Hall, who won a Tony for her portrayal of Yitzhak in the Broadway revival of Hedwig and the Angry Inch, and who played Hedwig herself briefly during the opening stops of the national tour. Becks’ mother, the former nun who tries to be supportive of her daughter, is played by Emmy, Golden Globe and Academy Award-winning actress Christine Lahti. Elyse is played by Mena Suvari (Six Feet Under). Hayley Kiyoko, quadruple threat and all-around force of nature, plays Lucy, Becks’ soon to be ex-girlfriend.
All three of the actors who have had regular gigs playing Hedwig in the national tour of Hedwig and the Angry Inch have given us photos or videos of themselves in the middle of their preshow preparations. (Darren took his during his Broadway run.) Which national tour Hedwig wore the makeup-only look best?
We have a new set of photos for you today from Lena Hall’s last show starring as Hedwig in LA on 11/25/16. Shannon Conley was her Yitzhak, and the usual members of Tits of Clay played Hedwig’s band, The Angry Inch. Lena makes a glamorous Hedwig, doesn’t she?
Euan Morton and Hannah Corneau take over the roles of Hedwig and Yitzhak on the Hedwig and the Angry Inch National Tour tonight in San Diego, following the exit of Darren Crissand Lena Hall Sunday night. The original Broadway members of Tits of Clay, who play Hedwig’s band The Angry Inch, will continue with the tour. They are Justin Craig (Skszp, music director, guitars, keyboard), Matt Duncan (Jacek, bass), Tim Mislock (Krzyzhtoff, guitar) and Peter Yanowitz (Schlatko, drums). Original Broadway Yitzhak understudy Shannon Conley continues in her role. Mason Alexander Park will also stay on as the standby for Hedwig.
Here are a few songs from Darren and Lena’s last performance in San Francisco, 10/30/16, in honor of their last day on tour. After the cut, our reviews of one of Darren’s Hedwig shows we saw in San Francisco, the 10/15/16 matinee.
She Was Just a Slip of a Girly Boy, But We Could Never Ignore Her
Lena Hall performs as Hedwig for her final time in LA tonight, with Shannon Conley as her Yitzhak. We were lucky enough to see them in San Francisco for their second performance. Lena’s a hardcore, exuberant, down and dirty Hedwig who takes no prisoners. Her voice was made to sing Hedwig’s rock arrangements the way few of the Broadway Hedwigs’ were. (Not that they all weren’t amazing, but only Lena and Darren have gone for truly ROCK arrangements. Tits of Clay turn into a kickass rock band when they play for those two. Okay, I need to stop now. I’m getting sad that I can’t go see Darren for a 9th time.)
Wicked Little Town (Lena Hall, San Francisco)
Euan Morton and Hannah Corneau take over starting with the San Diego tour stop 11/29-12/4/16. The Hedwig National Tour continues through July.
After the cut, a longer review of the show, and more songs.
The thing is, we’re not really quite ready yet. Hopefully we’ll dazzle you when we are ready, but it’ll probably take us a couple more months to get our acts together. Here’s a Hedwig video in the meantime. What could be better while you wait than acoustic Stephen Trask, Lena Hall and Darren Criss?