As soon as a touring production of John Cameron Mitchell’s smash Broadway success Hedwig and the Angry Inch was announced, fans had but one question:
Who will take the titular (pun intended) role?!
There was certainly an incredible alumni list of possibilities — beginning with Neil Patrick Harris (who took home the 2014 Tony Award tony for Best Actor in a Musical), the role then went to Girls star Andrew Rannels, then Michael C. Hall, JCM himself, Darren Criss, and finally Taye Diggs.
And sure enough, the tour is kicking off with a familiar songstress from East Berlin.
Criss is slated to appear in the tour’s first two legs — San Francisco and Los Angles — with more casting being announced soon.
He put out this statement:
“When I found out that the tour would be kicking off in my hometown of San Francisco—the city where I was introduced to Hedwig and the Angry Inch—I could think of no better excuse to get back into the heels of a character I loved and missed so very much. And since Los Angeles has become a second home for me, I relished the idea of seeing what kind of fun Hedwig would bring to the heart of Hollywood. Getting to share this fantastic Broadway production with the two great Californian cities of my own life story will hopefully be as much of a joy for me as it will be for audiences who will experience Hedwig’s life story on the West Coast!”
And when it comes to big openings, a lot of people think of Criss.