On this day in 1995, the first version of the Java programming language is released.
1927 – Charles Lindbergh touches down at Le Bourget Field in Paris, completing the world’s first solo nonstop flight across the Atlantic Ocean.
1932 – Bad weather forces Amelia Earhart to land in a pasture in Derry, Northern Ireland, and she thereby becomes the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean.
This is the story of Hedwig and his band (Angry Inch) . Hedwig comes from east Germany, undergoes sex-change and moves to America to becomes a rock star.
Right from the start, with the opening song it had potential. The band sounded great (as usual for a Court Theatre production). Then we get a lot of Hedwig. Turns out the show is just about him, with minimal interactions from the band members.
This is the problem. We get a lot of his bitching, whining, angst and a few songs. For a musical there just isn’t enough music. In the second half it really drags the show down as the tone gets darker.
His ‘husband’ is played by a woman, who eventually gets her time to shine, but too late.
Adan Rennie is brilliant as Hedwig, with Phoebe Hurst as Yitzhak.
Of course, as it is about transgender issues, the critics loved it. I could do without someones sexual problems masquerading as a musical show.
1790 – Benjamin Franklin, American inventor, publisher, and politician, 6th President of Pennsylvania died on this day (born 17 Jan 1706).
1970 – Apollo 13 is launched
1969 – The first British-built Concorde 002 makes its maiden flight from Filton to RAF Fairford.