Thursday, 12 June 2014

Andrew Rannells to replace Neil Patrick Harris in Hedwig and the Angry Inch


Andrew Rannells, who received a Tony nomination for his performance in The Book of Mormon, will star in Hedwig and the Angry Inch after Tony winner Neil Patrick Harris exits the show Aug. 17, producers announced June 12.


Rannells will begin performances Aug. 20 and is contracted to star in the show for eight weeks. His stage credits also include The Book of Mormon, Jersey Boys and Hairspray. He has also starred on the hit TV show "Girls." 
The Broadway premiere of the cult rock musical began previews March 29 at the Belasco, prior to an official opening April 22. 

Hedwig features a book by John Cameron Mitchell and music and lyrics by Stephen Trask. The landmark 1998 musical stars Harris as the titular Hedwig, a transgender singer fronting a fictional rock-n-roll band. Lena Hall, who recently starred as Nicola in Broadway's Tony-winning musical Kinky Boots and is also the lead singer of rock band The Deafening, co-stars with Harris as Yitzhak.



Both Harris and Hall won the Tony Awards for Best Lead Actor in a Musical and Best Featured Actress in a musical, respectively. Kevin Adams also won the Tony for Best Lighting Design.The production won Best Revival of a Musical. 

Hedwig is directed by Tony Award winner Michael Mayer (Spring Awakening, American Idiot) with musical staging by Emmy Award nominee Spencer Liff (The Wedding Singer, Cry-Baby). Justin Craig is musical director. 

The Hedwig creative team includes scenic designerJulian Crouch, costume designer Arianne Phillips, lighting designer Kevin Adams, hair and makeup designer Mike Potter, sound designer Timothy O'Heir, musical supervisor Ethan Popp, projection designer Benjamin Pearcy and vocal supervisor Liz Caplan. Casting is by James Calleri. 

Adams and Potter were both part of the original 1998 Off-Broadway creative team of Hedwig. Sound designer O'Heir worked on the 2001 film adaptation.

Members of the Angry Inch include musical director Craig (guitar and keyboards), Matt Duncan (bass), Tim Mislock (guitar) and Peter Yanowitz(drums). 
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