‘Hedwig and the Angry Inch’ Opens at Benedum; Pitt vs. Louisville (Tues., 1/24/17)

1) There are works of theater that defy synopsis, and since we only have a paragraph, let’s start with the basics. Hedwig and the Angry Inch is a rock musical. It’s about a German guy, Hansel, who had a sex change to become Hedwig, except the surgery was done wrong and left an “angry inch,” into the details of which we will not go. But anyway—skipping, for now, all the stuff about the Berlin Wall and the three sexes of humankind, and the first husband who ran off in Kansas—Hedwig is an aspiring rock star. Hedwig’s second husband, the former drag queen Yitzhak, tries to be supportive even while Hedwig is being surpassed on the quest for stardom by Tommy Gnosis, who (oh, the cruelty of it) happens to be Hedwig’s protégé … and hey, it’s time to wrap up. Hedwig and the Angry Inch began as an off-Broadway hit in 1998. The Tony-winning 2014 Broadway revival had Neil Patrick Harris (below) in the title role. Now the touring company visits Pittsburgh with Euan Morton, who played Boy George in Taboo, as Hedwig. 7:30 p.m. Ends tomorrow. Benedum Center, 237 7th St., Cultural District.

2) The Pitt men’s basketball team and coach Kevin Stallings—whose done an admiral job of keeping the team together through some extra adversity this season— take on Rick Pitino and his Louisville Cardinals squad. Tip-off is at 7 p.m. Next up is an a home game against the Clemson Tigers. Hail to Pitt! Petersen Events Center, 3719 Terrace St., Oakland.

3) The Pens are playing a home game at PPG Paints Arena tonight against the St. Louis Blues. Next up is an away game on Thursday against the Boston Bruins. The Pens are currently residing in third place in the Metropolitan Division and have gone 7-3 in their last ten games.  7 p.m. 1001 Fifth Ave., Uptown.