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Darren Criss to Rock Broadway’s ‘Hedwig and the Angry Inch’

Darren Criss Hedwig Broadway
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Darren Criss will return to Broadway in “Hedwig and the Angry Inch,” stepping into the title role after John Cameron Mitchell, the musical’s co-creator and its original star, rotates out of the production in late April.

“Glee” star Criss looks poised to help sustain business at “Hedwig” with a fanbase 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.