Andrew Rannells to Take Over Broadway’s ‘Hedwig’ After Neil Patrick Harris

Andrew Rannells Hedwig Neil Patrick Harris
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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.

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  1. Broadwayfan says:

    Those will, indeed, be some big platform heels to fill.
    I have never seen Neil do anything where he wasn’t the best. Adore him!
    Best of luck to Andrew. Hes very talented.

  2. ThomT says:

    Rannells is very very popular on Broadway and he certainly has the talent to tackle the role. However, this show (much like “Taboo”) may have limited appeal regardless of the lead (and the Tony). Break a leg Andrew.

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