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Euan Morton originated the role of Boy George in the musical “Taboo” in London and New York, garnering Tony and Olivier Award nominations and receiving the Theatre World Award for Outstanding Broadway Debut. Euan will be starring in “Hedwig and the Angry Inch” a rock musical about a fictional rock and roll band fronted by a transgender East German singer, Hedwig Robinson.
SD: What do you like about Hedwig?
EM: She is different in so many ways. The way she tells her story is universal and it’s a story that everyone can relate to. All humans have the same desire for love and acceptance. I believe you need to see how really different someone is to understand that we are really all the same.
SD: How does your Hedwig differ from others who have had the role?
EM: She makes you her own. The one thing I have learned in this role is never go to rehearsals with any perceived ideals. She takes over your voice, body, and experiences.
SD: First thoughts when you saw yourself as Hedwig?
EM: My God! What an ugly woman I am! I will say that while I am in this role, Hedwig will not be a pretty woman. Others have made her pretty, but not me.
SD: How do you connect to Hedwig personally and professionally?
EM: It’s her search for self-acceptance and love that was so easy for me to connect to both personally and professionally. We are all searching internally for acceptance and the love of others. Love of others and love of self.
SD: What is the message you hope people take away with after seeing Hedwig?
EM: I hope the audience members leave feeling joyful and changed. I love at the end of the show it is like church and what a wonderful feeling you get. We are all searching for something and we may not all see things the same, but I hope after sharing the evening with Hedwig when you encounter someone different you will be able to accept them for who they are.
For more information about Euan, visit www.euanmorton.com. Hedwig and The Angry Inch will play at the Boch Center Shubert Theatre, Tuesday, May 30 – Sunday, June 11, 2017. Tickets start at $35.00 and are on sale at the Boch Center box office, www.bochcenter.org or by calling (866) 348-9738.