Hedwig and the Angry Inch has taken Broadway by storm. After its extremely successful night at the Tony Awards, where it took home no less than four trophies, the show has now extended its Broadway run, originally scheduled to finish on August 17, to end in October instead.
Neil Patrick Harris, who has garnered very favourable reviews for his starring role as Hedwig, a transgender singer from East Berlin, will hand over his fishnets and high heels to fellow Tony nominee Andrew Rannells in August when Rannells will then perform for a limited eight week run.
The role is physically demanding, with seven shows a week, but Rannells is rather a Broadway pro, having earned critical attention and praise for his leading turn in The Book of Mormon, and I can see that he will be simply wonderful in this role too.
Hedwig and the Angry Inch is a rock concert musical, led by Hedwig, who tells us tales of her childhood interspersed with songs backed by her fictional rock band, Tits of Clay.
Rannells is no stranger to the role, having previously starred in the musical back in 2001 in Austin, TX. As well as Book of Mormon, he is known for his television work on Ryan Murphy’s show The New Normal – which I’m still upset they cancelled- and as Elijah on HBO’s Girls.
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