Andrew Rannells Tweets from First HEDWIG Rehearsal: 'Beyond Thrilled'
Last week, BWW shared a First Look at a new promo poster featuring Andrew Rannells dressed head to toe for his upcoming role as Hedwig, an East German transgender rock star in Broadway's Hedwig and the Angry Inch. The Book of Mormon star will take over the role from Tony winner Neil Patrick Harris beginning August 20th.
Rannells took to Twitter to share the image with his followers, along with the caption: "I am beyond thrilled to be joining @HedwigOnBway @LenaRockerHall & @TitsofClay on 8/20."
He later tweeted, "Thank you, @MichaelMayerDIR @LenaRockerHall @TitsofClay @HedwigOnBway for an amazing rehearsal today! It was my first time in fishnets. :)"
The actor currently appears on HBO's ''Girls" and starred in NBC's short-lived comedy series 'The New Normal.'
Neil Patrick Harris' returns to Broadway in the new production of Hedwig and the Angry Inch, the musical with book by John Cameron Mitchell and music and lyrics by Stephen Trask, directed by Michael Mayer. The limited engagement, featuring Lena Hall(Kinky Boots, lead singer of The Deafening), opened Tuesday, April 22 at the Belasco Theatre (111 West 44th Street).
HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH was originally produced by David Binder off off Broadway at Westbeth and then, under the direction of Peter Askin, ran over two years at the Jane Street Theatre beginning in February 1998. The musical won the Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Off-Broadway Musical and both John Cameron MitchellandStephen Trask won Obies in 2001. It won a 1998 New York Magazine Award and Entertainment Weekly's "Soundtrack of the Year" Award. Time Magazine named HEDWIG the Top Musical of 1998.
The film of Hedwig and the Angry Inch, directed by John Cameron Mitchell, won the Audience Award and Best Director Awards at Sundance. Mitchell won the Best New Director from the National Board of Review, the Gotham Awards, and the LA Critics Society. Stage productions have played for many years in Japan and in 2008, Korea hosted a popular televised Reality Show about the search for a new star to play Hedwig.
Photo source: @AndrewRannells