Tony nominee Andrew Rannells will take on the title role in Broadway's Hedwig and the Angry Inch beginning on August 20.
Tony nominee Andrew Rannells will take on the title role in Broadway's Hedwig and the Angry Inch beginning on August 20.
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Andrew Rannells, a Tony Award nominee for his performance as Elder Price in Broadway's The Book of Mormon, will replace 2014 Tony winner Neil Patrick Harris in the award-winning revival of Hedwig and the Angry Inch, according to published reports.

Rannells will take on the role beginning August 20 and is contracted for eight weeks. Harris' previously announced departure date is August 17. Rannells' Broadway credits also include Jersey Boys and Hairspray. He is a principal cast member on the hit HBO series Girls. Rannells previously played the role in a 2002 production at the Zachary Scott Theatre Center in Austin, Texas.

Written by John Cameron Mitchell and Stephen Trask, Hedwig and the Angry Inch follows the titular transgender rock performer as she recounts her life during a concert at Broadway's Belasco Theatre, where the musical runs. Michael Mayer directs the revival, which also stars 2014 Tony winner Lena Hall as Hedwig's husband, Yitzhak. The Hedwig band is made up of Justin Craig (guitar, keyboards, vocals), Matt Duncan (bass, vocals), Tim Mislock (guitar, vocals), and Peter Yanowitz (drums, vocals).

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