Hall worked with renowned music director and Golden Horse nominee Owen Wong (王希文) to find ways to broach the cultural gap: “It was a tough thing to translate Western thinking for a Chinese audience,” he said. “It’s funny on multiple levels in a culturally sensitive way — you have to know Bowie, Iggy Pop so we used video to introduce the concepts.”
A big part of the audience’s understanding of the characters is visual, something Hall had in mind when he chose flamboyant fashion designer Jenna Pearce of Rice Society as his costumer. “When I first met Jenna, her outfit reminded me of Hedwig,” he said. “I asked her if she knew the show and she did and loved it.”
Pearce, who designed the LED costumes in the latest S.H.E. video, said she “didn’t want to make a carbon copy of the movie, or the Broadway show. We wanted to create something that was a little different, while still staying true to the characters’ image and transformation. We kept key iconic pieces, such as the giant cape from the opening credits in the movie. To update it, I merged the American flag and the Taiwanese flag together on the outside.”
Hall said the show will be held in a warehouse in Huashan that they are “transforming into something wild with Legacy’s light, sound and production values.”
“There are other rock musicals like Jesus Christ Superstar or Rent, but this is the perfect blend of a rock-and-roll concert and a theatre show,” Hall said.