The Club Theatre company's newest performance is a rock musical, but don't confuse it with others of its ilk.

The Club Theatre company's newest performance is a rock musical, but don't confuse it with others of its ilk.

Starting next month, the fledgling company will take on one of its biggest challenges to date with a run of "Hedwig and the Angry Inch."

The musical will be performed at 7 p.m. each Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday from June 12 to June 29 at Club Diversity, 863 S. High St.

Some would say that the production has a unique tale to tell.

Penned in 1998 by John Cameron Mitchell, with music and lyrics by Stephen Trask, the rock musical follows a German boy who falls in love with an American and has a sex change operation to marry him. The rest of the play follows the German, now a woman named Hedwig, through her love life and singing career.

Still, don't be put off with the production. It may not be G-rated, but it's hardly crude.

"It's not offensive; it's just a story about a different person who had a different lifestyle," said Jenny Boyd, the company's business manager. "You don't have to be the weird kid wearing leather to enjoy the show."

Along those lines, Boyd said by the end of the musical, the sex change operation is the furthest thing from the audiences' mind.

"A lot of it left to the audience to interpret who he is," Boyd said. "By the end of the show you are so much less concerned with that fact. I've never heard anyone say you have to call Hedwig he or Hedwig she."

The entire performance also stands out from other productions because it's less of a traditional musical and more like a long monologue interrupted by songs.

The best descriptor is the play is something of a concert, a fact that the company took into account when setting up the venue.

"What's funny about this plot is that, yes, Hedwig is touring around the country singing," Boyd said. "Our goal is to set up the entire theatre similar to a restaurant, so when you walk in you are in the actual venue that Hedwig is performing in."

"It's going to be almost like seeing a scripted concert," she said.

Two key things worth mentioning about the production is that it includes a live band and New Yorker Matthew Brennan will join the company as the lead for the production's run.

Boyd said the band, which was put together specifically for the performance, will play music inspired by Cheer, David Bowie, Fleetwood Mac and The Velvet Underground.

The company's decision to stage the musical, stems from both Boyd and artistic director Ryan Scarlata's love of the show. Boyd pointed out that Brennen actually introduced her to the film version several years ago.

"I'm just really, really excited for us to put our version out there," Boyd said. "We put together a show that Columbus hasn't seen in a long time."

Since the performance was announced, tickets for the event have sold quickly.

The company highly suggests pre-ordering at ticketweb.com or by calling the box office after 6 p.m. at 406-5510.

dcross@thisweeknews.com