AtlantaLite Entertainment and the Marietta gay bar LeBuzz host a one-night version of John Cameron Mitchell’s musical “Hedwig and the Angry Inch” as a fundraiser for AID Atlanta on June 25.
“I’ve loved this show, the movie, forever,” says Nicholas Koperski, who plays the lead in the musical.
“Hedwig” tells the story of a gay man who seeks to marry another man but must have a sex change to do so. The surgery is botched, however, leading Hedwig, a punk singer, on a journey of self-discovery.
“The story, the music, the idea of searching for your other half but in essence that is in yourself is completely original,” Koperski says. “That idea of being comfortable in your own skin by giving up a piece of yourself — literally doing so in this production — and this spiritual journey you go on is what struck a rich chord with me.”
“Madonna had her ‘Evita’ and I have ‘Hedwig,’” he adds with a laugh.
Koperski, one of the Atlanta Eagle patrons in the bar the night it was raided, has never performed on stage before but knew this role was made for him.
“I’ve been singing since I could open my mouth and performing is something I’ve always loved, but this is the first musical/play I’ve been in,” he says. “And once I got the role, I started digging deeper and deeper into the character and a force greater than me has taken over.”
‘Hedwig and the Angry Inch’
June 25 at LeBuzz
585 Franklin Road, Marietta, GA 30067