Glee star Darren Criss will return to Broadway as the next headlining star of Hedwig and the Angry Inch. He will play a limited 12-week run beginning Wednesday, April 29. Criss will take over the role from John Cameron Mitchell, the show’s book writer and original off-Broadway star, who plays his final performance on Sunday, April 26.
"I’ve got a grin plastered on my face that Darren is joining the brotherhood of Hedwigs," said Mitchell in a statement. "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!"
"The first time I saw Darren I knew he was a game changer. He’s that good," added composer Stephen Trask. "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."
Criss is best known for his regular role as Blaine Anderson on Fox’s Emmy- and Golden Globe-winning series Glee. He made his Broadway debut in 2012, replacing Daniel Radcliffe in the revival of How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying.
Written by John Cameron Mitchell and Stephen Trask, Hedwig and the Angry Inch follows the titular transgender rock performer as she recounts her life during a concert at Broadway’s Belasco Theatre, where the musical runs. Michael Mayer directs the revival, which also stars 2014 Tony winner Lena Hall as Hedwig’s husband, Yitzhak.