DVR Alert: HEDWIG's Andrew Rannells Guests on the 'Tonight Show'
Andrew Rannells, who will replace Tony winner Neil Patrick Harris as Hedwig, an East German transgender rock star in Broadway's Hedwig and the Angry Inch beginning August 20th, will stop by NBC's Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon tonight, August 13th. Taylor Swift and musical guest Ryan Adams will also appear on the episode.
Rannells is well-known for originating the role of Elder Prince in The Book of Mormon for which he received a Tony nominaiton. He also starred in Broadway's Hairspray (2002) and Jersey Boys (2005); and, he toured with Jersery Boys in 2006. Rannells also stars in the TV show Girls and NBC's 'The New Normal.'
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.