James Holmes

Showtunes Sing-Off: 'The Origin of Love'

Filed By James Holmes | August 11, 2012 10:00 AM | comments

Filed in: Entertainment
Tags: Andrew Rannells, Anthony Rapp, Bonnie Pink, Hedwig and the Angry Inch, John Cameron Mitchell, Jonathan Richman, Origin of Love, Rufus Wainwright, Showtunes, Sing-off

Playbill-HedwigAndTheAngryInch.jpegI first encountered Hedwig and the Angry Inch in college. A friend had the DVD of the movie, and the theater department of another college in town had just performed the show on stage (I am still kicking myself for missing that). I of course fell in love and immediately put the soundtrack to memory, and I have completely worn out my copy of the DVD.

Skip ahead a year and I met the man that I have spent the last seven years of my life with - my partner David. Not long after we met, we were watching the movie and splitting a bottle (or two) of wine, and when "The Origin of Love" came on, he sang it to me. No one had ever sang anything to me, especially about love. Can I give complete credit to Hedwig for causing us to fall in love? No. But it is still our song.

The lyrics are based off of a story in Plato's Symposium. Check out the original text here.

Two of these covers (Rufus Wainwright and Jonathan Richman) come from the album, Wig in a Box, an album of Hedwig covers by famous artists to benefit NYC's Harvey Milk School. There is a documentary about the making of the album that I highly recommend.

John Cameron Mitchell is unbeatable in my book, but I love the Rufus version.

As usual, let me know who you think did it best. If I missed anyone, throw up a link in the comments.

John Cameron Mitchell (Movie Version)


Rufus Wainwright


Andrew Rannells


Jonathan Richman


Bonnie Pink


Anthony Rapp

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