Andrew Rannells Will Replace Neil Patrick Harris As Hedwig; Here’s A Preview

Neil Patrick Harris returned to Broadway this spring in the revival of Hedwig and the Angry Inch, gave Sting a lapdance, nabbed a well-deserved Tony Award, and is ready to skedaddle.

We can’t blame him, though. He’s been performing the demanding role seven nights a week since March, encountering more glitter than most will see in a lifetime.

The show was only ever supposed to run through August, but with a smashing success comes an extended run.

And NPH will pass the wig to none other than Andrew Rannells. Andrew nabbed a Tony nomination for his hilarious work in The Book of Mormon, and more recently can be seen on Ryan Murphy’s The New Normal and as Hannah’s gay ex boyfriend on Girls.

Oh, and it won’t be Rannell’s first time taking the wig down from the box. He played the role in a 2011 production of the show in Austin, TX.

As evidenced here:


He’s locked in for at least an 8-week run beginning August 20th.

Who do you think should follow Harris and Rannells? We suggest Gaga. Just think of all those headlines…Gaga And Her Angry Inch Join Cast Of Hedwig.

Watch Rannell tear into “The Origin of Love” at a benefit concert at Joe’s Pub in NYC below:


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  • mulletkitty

    Ick. Why oh why is justin vivian bond not cast? S/he would be prrrrfect.

  • ingyaom

    I’d say he passes the audition.

  • Qjersey

    @mulletkitty: ve would be perfect.

  • Qjersey

    Jinkx Monsoon has also done the role

  • austinonstage

    Actually, Andrew played the title role in Austin back in 2002, not 2011, at ZACH Theatre. He also won several regional awards for his performance, which was amazing.

  • casey

    Not a good video- the band overpowers Andrew and you can’t hear the lyrics.

  • JimboinLA

    I would think the obvious choice would be John Cameron Mitchell. He looked great at the Tonys.

  • jkb

    @casey: Having seen NPH in Hedwig, I would say that is what the director wants. As a matter of fact, the vocals are less overpowered by the band in this video.

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