Taye Diggs Takes His First Curtain Call as Broadway's Newest Hedwig
Diggs stars alongside Rebecca Naomi Jones as Yitzhak.
Broadway's Taye Diggs stepped into the heels of Hedwig (and the short shorts of Tommy Gnosis) for the first time last night at the Belasco Theatre. Diggs, whose 12-week run in Hedwig and the Angry Inch will last through October 11, stars opposite Rebecca Naomi Jones in the role of Yitzhak.
Hedwig and the Angry Inch opened on Broadway on April 22, 2014, and earned four Tony Awards, including Best Revival of a Musical. With a book by John Cameron Mitchell and a score by Stephen Trask, Hedwig follows the titular transgender rock performer as she recounts her life during a concert at Broadway's Belasco Theatre, where the musical runs.
During his emotional first curtain call, Diggs was joined onstage by not only Jones, but also the members of Hedwig's band, The Angry Inch (Justin Craig, Matt Duncan, Tim Mislock, and Peter Yanowitz).
Diggs is filling the stilettos of a line of Broadway Hedwigs that began with Tony Award winner Neil Patrick Harris and has also included Tony Award nominee Andrew Rannells, Golden Globe Award winner Michael C. Hall, the show's cocreator and original off-Broadway star John Cameron Mitchell and, most recently, Glee star Darren Criss, who played his final performance July 19.
Diggs' run in Hedwig marks his first New York stage appearance since 2005, when he starred in Second Stage Theatre's off-Broadway revival of A Soldier's Play. His musical-theater credits also include Carousel, Rent, Chicago, Wicked, and Andrew Lippa's The Wild Party.
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