“Dexter” actor Michael C. Hall will be the newest actor to take over the title role in the Broadway musical “Hedwig and the Angry Inch.”
“Hedwig” debuted off-Broadway in 1998 starring John Cameron Mitchell, who also wrote the script, with the music and lyrics written by Stephen Trask. The play was later adapted into a 2001 film also starring and directed by Mitchell. “How I Met Your Mother” actor Neil Patrick Harris starred in the Broadway production which debuted this past spring and is directed by Michael Mayer.
The show earned Harris a Tony Award for Best Lead Actor in a Musical and the Broadway production also won the Tony Awards for Best Revival of a Musical and Best Featured Actress in a Musical for actress Lena Hall.
After Harris left the production this past August, “The Book of Mormon” actor Andrew Rannells took over the lead role. According to Variety, he will star in the show until Oct. 12 and Hall will star as Hedwig beginning on Oct. 16 and will be there through Jan. 4.
Hall previously appeared on Broadway in this spring’s show “The Realistic Joneses” as well as starring in Broadway productions of “Chicago" and “Cabaret.”
The Broadway production of “Hedwig” garnered many positive reviews when it opened with Harris, with New York Times critic Ben Brantley calling it “shamelessly enjoyable… rousingly directed… foulmouthed, electrically tuneful and furiously funny” and noting that the script is “sassily tweaked” to suit the current venue of a Broadway stage. Brantley also praised Harris, calling him a “musical-comedy male supernova.”
Meanwhile, Rannells told the Hollywood Reporter that he had played the role before in 2002 in Austin but that taking on the part now at a different time in his life was interesting. "At 23, I hadn't had that much relationship experience, and now I feel like there's a lot more of that that I can bring to the role," he said.