Darren Criss set to play Hedwig as musical sets Los Angeles and San Francisco dates
Darren Criss is getting back into make-up and wig to play the title role in a national tour in the US of Hedwig and the Angry Inch.
The former Glee star will again play the role of a transgender punk rock singer who is the victim of a botched sex-change operation. He kicks off a national tour of the musical at SHN Golden Gate Theatre in San Francisco (October 4-30) and the Hollywood Pantages Theatre in Los Angeles (November 1-27).
‘When I found out that the tour would be kicking off in my hometown of San Francisco – the city where I was introduced to Hedwig and the Angry Inch – I could think of no better excuse to get back into the heels of a character I loved and missed so very much,’ Criss said in a statement today.
Criss had taken over the role on Broadway in April 2015 for John Cameron Mitchell and stayed for nearly three months before handing it over to Taye Diggs.
The Broadway run ended with Diggs as Hedwig. Neil Patrick Harris had opened the Broadway run as Hedwig and won the Tony Award for best actor in a musical. He was followed by Andrew Rannells, and Michael C. Hall.
‘People as talented as Darren don’t come along all that often, so that alone is cause for excitement about his Hedwig,’ composer and lyricist Stephen Trask said.
‘What’s really cool to me is that because Darren played her on Broadway, we can launch the tour with continuity and authenticity, but at the same time we can make the show his and take advantage of how truly amazing he is.”
Cameron Mitchell, who wrote the book for the musical and originated the role in an Off-Broadway production as well as in a film version, said of Criss: ‘I’m delighted that my brilliant Hedwig sister wife Darren Criss will be in the vanguard of the Hedwig invasion. West coast be warned, Darren takes no prisoners!’