‘Glee’ Star Darren Criss to Star as Hedwig on Broadway

by Stacy Lambe 10:59 AM PST, February 17, 2015
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Prepare to see Darren Criss like you’ve never seen him before.

The Glee actor is set to take over the title role in the current revival of Hedwig and the Angry Inch on Broadway. Criss follows in the footsteps of John Cameron Mitchell -- the creator and originator of the role both Off-Broadway and on film -- as well as Neil Patrick Harris, GirlsAndrew Rannells, and Michael C. Hall (pictured below). The three TV stars all portrayed the East German transgender rocker over the past year.

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Criss, who made his 2012 Broadway debut in How to Succeed in Business without Really Trying, has already garnered the support of Mitchell, who is excited to welcome him to “the brotherhood of Hedwigs.”

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“His stage presence is electrifying, his rock and roll credentials and comic timing impeccable, and I’m thrilled to be working with him to create a brand-new Hedwig,” Mitchell said in a statement. The praise is also backed by the show’s composer Stephen Trask: “The first time I saw Darren I knew he was a game changer. He’s that good.”

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Criss will begin his limited 12-week run on Wednesday, Apr. 29. Mitchell’s final performance is Sunday, Apr. 26.

In the meantime, the actor can currently be seen on FOX’s final season of Glee, which airs Fridays at 9 pm. Check out a clip from this week’s episode, which will focus on Brittana’s big wedding day.