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Taye Diggs Can't Wait To Release His 'Inner Homosexual' In 'Hedwig' - VIDEO

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Taye Diggs, who will be playing the iconic role of trans East German rock star Hedwig on Broadway in Hedwig and the Angry Inch, recently told a TMZ paparazzo that he can't wait to let out his "inner homosexual" to play the title character, originated by show creator John Cameron Mitchell.

When asked whether this role will be a departure for him compared to other roles he's played, Diggs quipped,

I mean I went through a stage where I was a drag queen in high school in 10th and 11th grade. I experienced with homosexuality and ass play and so outside of that…I worked the streets…male prostitution—I’m kidding.

The paparazzo didn't seem to get it.

Diggs concluded by saying, "I have a flaming homosexual inside of me so I’m raring to let that out."

Watch Diggs talk Hedwig, AFTER THE JUMP...

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'Rent' Star Taye Diggs to Replace Darren Criss as Hedwig on Broadway

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Taye Diggs, best known for his role as Rent's Benjamin "Benny" Coffin III, is next in line to fill Hedwig's heels on Broadway.    

Diggs will take over the role from Darren Criss, who ends his run July 19. 

Broadway.com adds:

Hedwig will mark Diggs’ return to Broadway after nearly 12 years, when he briefly played the role of Fiyero in Wicked opposite his wife at the time Idina Menzel (the two separated in 2013). He has appeared in Rent and Chicago (he also appeared in the screen adaptations of both), as well as Carousel and off-Broadway’s The Wild Party. His screen credits include Private PracticeHow Stella Got Her Groove BackThe Best Man and Brown Sugar. He is currently in production for the second season of Steven Bochco’s crime dramaMurder in the First.


WATCH: Darren Criss Attempts to Transform A Reporter Into Hedwig with Spectacularly Scary Results

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Darren Criss, who is currently filling in the high heels of Hedwig herself on Broadway, sat down with Billboard recently to chat about life after Glee, share his thoughts on Hedwig, and give a glam rock makeover to one (un)lucky reporter.

"My inner queen is like, 'honey no,'" Criss joked halfway through the make-up tutorial. 

Watch the terrifying transformation as well as a few steamy shots of Criss on stage, AFTER THE JUMP...

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First Look: Darren Criss as Broadway's 'Hedwig'

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Darren Criss has revealed the first photo of him as Hedwig in Hedwig and the Angry Inch on Broadway. He takes the role over from creator John Cameron Mitchell on April 29.

All five actors who have played the East German transgender rock star came together two weeks ago to celebrate Tony winner Lena Hall's last performance as Yitzak at New York City's Belasco Theatre.


Here are All 5 of Broadway's Hedwigs in One Epic Photo

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Last Saturday night, the four actors who have played Hedwig in Hedwig and the Angry Inch on Broadway — creator John Cameron Mitchell, Neil Patrick Harris, Andrew Rannells and Michael C. Hall — and future Hedwig Darren Criss, came together to celebrate Tony winner Lena Hall's last performance as Yitzak at NYC's Belasco Theatre.

Said Rannells on Instagram, where this was posted: "I am very proud to be a part of this group. And so happy for Lena and her triumphant run."


Darren Criss Will Return To Broadway In 'Hedwig And The Angry Inch'

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Earlier today we reported that John Cameron Mitchell has extended his run as Hedwig on Broadway through April. Now comes news that Darren Criss will don the East German's golden locks as he makes his return to Broadway in the Tony-award winning musical, taking over for Mitchell after he wraps his return to the stage in the role he created. Variety reports:

“Glee” star Criss looks poised to help sustain business at “Hedwig” with a fan base that turned out in droves for his last stint on the Main Stem. In 2012 he appeared in “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying” for a three-week run that kept the revival’s weekly sales well above the million dollar mark in a post-holiday time period that usually slows sales at shows across the board.

Neil Patrick Harris launched the Broadway revival of “Hedwig” with a Tony-winning turn that was followed by Andrew Rannells, Michael C. Hall and Mitchell. Hall has temporarily returned to the show for a weeklong run while Mitchell recovers from a knee injury he sustained during a recent performance.

Criss stars in “Hedwig” for a 12-week run that starts April 29 and stretches into the summertime months, when New York City tourism keeps Broadway sales robust. Mitchell, back in the show Feb. 24, exits “Hedwig” April 26.

We can now begin counting down to when we will see promotional stills of Criss in Hedwig's glittery make-up. 

Will you be flocking to see Criss in Hedwig?


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