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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?


Broadway's 'Hedwig and the Angry Inch' Has Donated $400K to Help At-Risk LGBT Youth

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Broadway's Hedwig and the Angry Inch this week announced that it made a donation (its third) to the Hetrick-Martin Institute in the amount of $200,000, adding to previous donations the show has made since it opened totaling $400,000.

A portion of each ticket sold has been donation to HMI since the Tony award-winning show opened in March of 2014. The Hetrick-Martin Institute runs Harvey Milk High School, a NYC school for at-risk LGBT youth.

Michael C. Hall, the show's current star, is ending his run this Sunday, and next Wednesday, the show's co-creator John Cameron Mitchell returns to the role he originated.

Read our interview with John Cameron Mitchell about returning to Hedwig HERE.


John Cameron Mitchell on Returning to 'Hedwig': INTERVIEW

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As we revealed earlier today, John Cameron Mitchell will debut in the Broadway production of Hedwig and the Angry Inch on January 21, returning to the role he created Off-Broadway 15 years ago and immortalized in the cult-hit 2001 film. I spoke to Mitchell about stepping back into the show he penned with Stephen Trask, reuniting with fans and the rock-and-roll influences that shaped everyone's favorite trans glam rocker.

Naveen Kumar: What made you decide to do go into the show?

John Cameron Mitchell: Well you know, come on! The production is sitting there and I’ve certainly been thinking about it. I didn’t want to open the show, because it was just way too much pressure and time, and I could barely imagine doing it as long as the superman called Neil Patrick Harris. So, this manageable run, at a time when box office usually dips in January and before my film starts shooting next year, it was sort of a perfect slot. Certainly, it’s been in my mind that’ I’d do once more before I collapse into old age. [Laughs]

NK: So, it’s something you’ve thought about since the planning stages?

John Cameron Mitchell jcm344BW(med) by Nick VogelsonJCM: Years ago when we were thinking about Broadway, I didn’t really want to do a full run and thought maybe I could share it with someone—as they did with Fela!, because it was just so much singing and dancing. We reduced it to seven performances a week—I think Andrew Rannells did one week of eight—but no Hedwig has ever done eight and lived to tell the tale, because it’s way too hard. So, it was the enormity of it that gave me pause.

To be honest, it’s a great excuse to get in shape! [Laughs]

NK: How do you think it will be different for you this time?

JCM: Physically it will be much harder. But, the show is about finding a wholeness, and after 15 years, moving into middle age—you think about wholeness in a different way. In some ways, you are more whole, in other ways you’re more realistic about romance. The myth of ‘The Origin of Love,’ of finding a way to complete yourself—the young version of that is, ‘One person is going to complete me forever and heal the primal rift.’

And then you become a little wiser, even at the end of Hedwig, she’s alone in one way but there’s a kind of wholeness implied, because she’s been through these experiences. She’s the sum of everyone she’s met. You understand that more when you’re older, for better or worse. And, hopefully you’ve made the right choices as to who those people are. Everyone makes mistakes, and they make loving mistakes, which is really the best you can do. You make decisions based on whether you love or hate yourself.

A lot of queer people grew up feeling inferior, hating themselves from a young age, and have to heal themselves. And queer people include straight people who didn’t fit in in terms of gender, trans people, anyone. Your butch mom: She’s queer too, even if she’s straight. So, that’s the Hedwig community and it’s been built up from nothing. Of course there are Rocky Horror fans and rock fans mixed in, but we’re really different.

The people who love Hedwig love it forever, so there’s a responsibility to doing this right and being honest on stage. I’m excited about reuniting with those people—the last 15 years of their lives will inform the show as much as the last 15 years of my own, which has been very peripatetic, exciting and tragic and full. It’s going to be wiser, it’s going to be frayed. It’s not going to be as nervous as when I was a kid. I’m actually nervous about it now—but that ‘s more about how strenuous it is and keeping it together vocally and physically. It’s exciting; I need a kick in the ass right now, and there’s no bigger kick in the ass than Hedwig.

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See What a 6-Year-Old Theatre Critic Thought of 'Hedwig and the Angry Inch': VIDEO

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Iain is a pint-sized theatre critic with a budding YouTube channel in which he reviews what he sees on Broadway. He has more than three dozen reviews under his belt.

Back in July, Iain posted a video because he was frustrated that he was being told Hedwig and the Angry Inch was not appropriate for children and that he couldn't see it.

Said Iain: "It's so hard to be a six-year-old kid who LOVES theatre!"

Well, someone finally came to their senses and Iain was finally allowed to see Hedwig, which now stars Dexter's Michael C. Hall. Iain posted his review just before Halloween.

So what did this 6-year-old think about a musical about an East German transgender rock star?

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