The Fox series’ actor will return to Broadway as the next star of Hedwig and the Angry Inch, it was announced Tuesday. He will take over the title role at the Belasco Theatre on April 29 for a 12-week engagement.
Criss will don a wig and heels in the Tony-winning revival after making his Broadway debut in January 2012 as J. Pierrepont Finch in How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, which originally starred Daniel Radcliffe and also featured Nick Jonas rotating into the role. With Criss at the helm, the revival made just over $4 million, which proved to be the most lucrative three weeks of its 11-month run.
Hedwig — which has a book by John Cameron Mitchell and music and lyrics by Stephen Trask — centers on an East German transgender rocker searching for love and completeness in America. The lead character of the Tony-winning musical revival was previously portrayed by Neil Patrick Harris, Andrew Rannells and Michael C. Hall. The role is currently being played by Mitchell, the show’s co-creator and original star, whose final performance will be on April 26.
“The first time I saw Darren I knew he was a game-changer — he’s that good,” said Trask in a statement. “Then, when we hung out it was like we were old friends. I’m excited to spend the next few months making the show and getting to know each other better. I’m happy that Hedwig can be Darren’s next stop on his way to world domination.”
Mitchell added, “I’ve got a grin plastered on my face that Darren is joining the brotherhood of Hedwigs. I LOVED him in How to Succeed. 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!”