Andrew Rannells, who starred in Broadway’s “The Book of Mormon” before going on to TV gigs in “The New Normal” and “Girls,” will take over for Neil Patrick Harris in the Tony-winning production of “Hedwig and the Angry Inch,” with the thesp stepping into the title character’s high heels when Harris’ limited engagement ends in August.
Harris, who just won a Tony for lead musical actor, makes for a tough act to follow. The 1998 tuner “Hedwig” has its own widespread fanbase, but it’s clear that a major factor in the current production’s box office momentum is Harris, the legit-world fave in his first Broadway gig since wrapping up a nine-season run on hit CBS skein “How I Met Your Mother.” It remains to be seen whether “Hedwig” can continue to maintain its boffo sales without Harris.
Rannells, nommed for a Tony for his role in “Mormon,” previously played transgender German rocker Hedwig in a 2001 production in Austin, Tex.
The thesp begins his stint in Broadway’s “Hedwig” Aug. 20, appearing in the show through Oct. 12.