Andrew Rannells to Replace Neil Patrick Harris in Hedwig and the Angry Inch (VIDEOS)

The Broadway production of Hedwig and the Angry Inch, starring Neil Patrick Harris was supposed to end it’s limited Broadway run on August 17. But after the production snagged 4 Tony Awards on Sunday, including Best Revival of a Musical and Best Actor in a Musical for Neil Patrick Harris, the production has been extended.

However, star, Neil Patrick Harris, after performing in the exhausting lead role of Hedwig since March,  will be leaving the production as scheduled.  Taking his place will be Andrew Rannells who originated the role of Elder Price in the Broadway production of Book of Mormon. He was nominated for a Tony in the same category that Neil won this year.

The musical is the story of a transgender rock and roll singer from East Berlin who performs songs that depict stories from her childhood. The “angry inch” refers to the singer’s botched transition surgery.

After Book of Mormon, Andrew booked TV work, starring in the semi-autobiographical Ryan Murphy comedy, The New Normal, that ran on NBC for one season, and as Hannah’s gay ex-boyfriend on Girls.

Hedwig is familiar territory for Andrew.  He previously played the role in a 2001 production in Austin, TX.

Via Entertainment Weekly

Andrew sings “Origin of Love” from Hedwig and the Angry Inch

From a 2011 performance at the NYC club, Joe’s Pub.

Andrew performs “I Believe” from the 2011 Tony Awards

This was my introduction to Andrew. I was instantly in love.

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