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New York Times' theater critic Ben Brantley just favorably reviewed a brand-new Broadway production of the rock musical "Hedwig & the Angry Inch," starring Neil Patrick Harris. Referring to the songs and performances, Brantley wrote, "The musical numbers, which borrow loosely from the vernacular of glam rock, punk and R&B ... are as infectiously tuneful as anything else on Broadway now ... (Every) one's a crowd pleaser."
That's particularly cool since the tunes and lyrics were written by Stephen Trask, a New London native who graduated from Wesleyan. His folks, Myrna Rhodes Schwartz and Robert Schwartz, now live in Waterford. "Hedwig" originally was staged in 1998, and a film version was released in 2001.
But "Hedwig" is not the only Trask music currently sounding on the Great White Way. He also did the orchestration for the musical "Rocky."