He will break out the pumps, blonde wig and East German accent playing the transgender character he co-created with composer and lyricist Stephen Trask, joining the Broadway revival of the musical on Jan. 21.
Mitchell steps in for current star Michael C. Hall. He had been discussed as a possible replacement for Neil Patrick Harris at one point last summer, according to an individual with knowledge of the situation. Harris won a Tony Award for his work and preceded Andrew Rannells in the part.
Mitchell created the 1998 Off Broadway production and starred in the film version of the play, earning a Golden Globe nomination for lead actor in a musical or comedy. His other acting credits include “Girls,” “The Secret Garden” and “Six Degrees of Separation.” He also directed “Rabbit Hole” and “Shortbus.”
“I am in equal parts thrilled and terrified to be returning to Hedwig,” Mitchell said in a statement. “Fifteen years ago she kicked my butt so hard that I quit acting. But like an expertly face-lifted ex-wife, she’s lured me back. The killer new work by Neil Patrick Harris, Andrew Rannells and Michael C. Hall have left much larger pumps to fill. Here’s hoping I don’t need a walker by the end of the run.”