Opinion from your friendly neighborhood trans person: if trans women are only allowed to play roles of trans women, those roles shouldn’t be given to cis men who have plenty of other roles to choose from. You are free to disagree.
I don’t disagree with you on that point; the issue is the specifics of the role itself.
Like, Hedwig is presented as somewhat between genders, I guess? A lot of the show is based on duality and gender identity plays a major factor in that. Hedwig transitioned not because they identified as female, but rather to get married to a man in a country that would only recognize marriage between and a man and a woman. I want to say that they’re presented as intersex (both physically and in terms of gender identity) but I’m not certain.
Also there are a number of flashbacks to when Hedwig was biologically male (at least in the movie. I can’t find enough information on this production of the stage show to be sure).
Overall the further in detail you go the more confusing it gets and I’m not even sure what to say.
Today I finally listened to the Hedwig and the Angry Inch revival soundtrack and mostly I just got even more confused over whether or not I should be offended about the whole “Neil Patrick Harris playing a trans role” thing.
Watching Pokémon on Saturday mornings as a kid
Oh boy. Oh boy. Don’t you love rereading and finding a quality moment of foreshadowing and/or irony that you totally missed the first time around?
The fact that he says that in response to her, of all people. And then he does hesitate.