Andrew Rannells Is Broadway's Next Hedwig

4:19 PM PST 06/12/2014 by David Rooney
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Andrew Rannells

A Tony nominee for "The Book of Mormon" and a regular on HBO's "Girls," Rannells will step into the title role on Aug. 20, when Neil Patrick Harris wraps his award-winning run.

NEW YORK — The Tony-winning Broadway production of Hedwig and the Angry Inch has found its next star. Andrew Rannells has signed on for a limited engagement beginning Aug. 20.

Current star Neil Patrick Harris, who won a Tony on Sunday for best actor in a musical for the title role of a transgender East Berlin rocker with a botched sex-change surgery, will play his final performance in the cult musical on Aug. 17.

In addition to the award for Harris, the show won Tonys for best musical revival, featured actress Lena Hall and lighting designer Kevin Adams.

Rannells has previously appeared on Broadway in the musicals Hairspray, Jersey Boys and in the original cast of The Book of Mormon, which earned him a Tony nomination for lead actor.

He also was seen on Ryan Murphy's now-defunct NBC sitcom The New Normal, and has a recurring role on HBO's Girls.

Hedwig and the Angry Inch, which has a book by John Cameron Mitchell and music and lyrics by Stephen Trask, began performances at the Belasco Theatre on March 29 and officially opened on April 22.

Produced by David Binder, the show has been doing sellout business, grossing $9.2 million to date. Rannells is scheduled to appear in the production through Oct. 12.

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