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Date of Birth: April 21, 1963 (52)
Birth Place: El Paso, TX, USA
Gender: Male
SOUND OFF Special Edition: 10 Classic Roles Ready For Gender-BendingSOUND OFF Special Edition: 10 Classic Roles Ready For Gender-Bending
by Pat Cerasaro - Jul 29, 2015

Lines are blurring. Gender-bending is seemingly everywhere these days, from high fashion ads to news coverage to I AM CAIT, Queen Latifah as The Wiz and beyond. Furthermore, one of the most provocative and popular stories of last week was the news of a Canadian regional production of A CHORUS LINE casting a male actor in the leading role of Cassie, renamed Casey. With the additional angle of Broadway currently being abuzz with the appearance of stage and screen star Taye Diggs stepping into the iconic high heels of the titular character in the recently multi-Tony Award-winning musical HEDWIG & THE ANGRY INCH - itself centered on a transsexual character - it seems as though now would be the ideal time to consider some other musical theatre mainstays and how they could be re-purposed and refreshed with a gender-bended twist. Although certain roles seems tailor-made to such treatment, it is illuminating to consider the rich possibilities that could potentially be afforded in the experience of witnessing the right performer of perhaps the perceivably wrong sex tackling a role normally associated with the opposite gender. Who knows, maybe a female Phantom or a make Elphaba are not that wildly spurious or far-fetched to consider given the compelling performances that have been given by unlikely actors in roles traditionally portrayed in a certain way. Theatre is nothing without reinvention and these are my top 10 picks for musicals I would like to see taken on with fresh eyes and a new outlook. (more...)

VIDEO: Taye Diggs on HEDWIG: 'Hardest Thing I've Ever Encountered'VIDEO: Taye Diggs on HEDWIG: 'Hardest Thing I've Ever Encountered'
by Stage Tube - Jul 27, 2015

The actor stops by USA TODAY's NYC studio to talk about the challenging role. (more...)

Photo Flash: Try and Tear Him Down! Taye Diggs Takes Over in HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH on BroadwayPhoto Flash: Try and Tear Him Down! Taye Diggs Takes Over in HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH on Broadway
by BWW News Desk - Jul 23, 2015

Taye Diggs has officially taken over Broadway in Hedwig and the Angry Inch. The actor stepped into the title role last night, July 22, at the Belasco Theatre, making his return to the Great White Way after a decade-long hiatus. Check out a new, official look at Diggs in the production below! (more...)

Photo Coverage: Taye Diggs Takes First Bows in HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH!Photo Coverage: Taye Diggs Takes First Bows in HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH!
by Walter McBride - Jul 23, 2015

Taye Diggs just took over the title role in Broadway's HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH, making his return to the Great White Way after a decade-long hiatus. Diggs stars in the acclaimed musical for a limited 12-week engagement. He takes over from Darren Criss, who just finished his run on July 19 at the Belasco Theatre. BroadwayWord brings you photos from his opening night bows below! (more...)

Up on the Marquee: HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH with Taye DiggsUp on the Marquee: HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH with Taye Diggs
by Walter McBride - Jul 23, 2015

Taye Diggs just took over the title role in Broadway's HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH, making his return to the Great White Way after a decade-long hiatus. Diggs stars in the acclaimed musical for a limited 12-week engagement. He takes over from Darren Criss, who just finished his run on July 19 at the Belasco Theatre. (more...)

Taye Diggs Knows How to 'Let It Go' for HEDWIGTaye Diggs Knows How to 'Let It Go' for HEDWIG
by Jessica Showers - Jul 22, 2015

Taye Diggs knows how to 'Let It Go' when it counts. (more...)

Photo Flash: Sneak Peek - Taye Diggs Takes the Stage in HEDWIG TonightPhoto Flash: Sneak Peek - Taye Diggs Takes the Stage in HEDWIG Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Jul 22, 2015

PEOPLE just unveiled a first look at Taye Diggs strutting the stage in Hedwig and the Angry Inch on Broadway. The actor steps into the title role tonight, July 22, at the Belasco Theatre, making his return to the Great White Way after a decade-long hiatus. Scroll down to see Diggs in costume! (more...)

Taye Diggs Steps Into HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH TonightTaye Diggs Steps Into HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Jul 22, 2015

Taye Diggs takes over the title role in Broadway's HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH starting tonight, July 22, making his return to the Great White Way after a decade-long hiatus. (more...)

HEDWIG's Taye Diggs & Rebecca Naomi Jones Visit THEATER TALK This WeekendHEDWIG's Taye Diggs & Rebecca Naomi Jones Visit THEATER TALK This Weekend
by TV News Desk - Jul 21, 2015

An all-new THEATER TALK looks at a major cast change for a hit Broadway musical plus a new illustrated history of Black performers and shows on Broadway.  This week's episode boasts a cast of famous names that includes actors Taye Diggs and Rebecca Naomi Jones - the new leads in Hedwig and the Angry Inch on Broadway - in addition to producer Stewart Lane, author of the new book Black Broadway, accompanied by director Kenny Leon and performer Melba Moore, all with rich Broadway histories. (more...)

HEDWIG's Taye Diggs Says Challenging Role is 'Everything I Ever Wished For'HEDWIG's Taye Diggs Says Challenging Role is 'Everything I Ever Wished For'
by TV News Desk - Jul 21, 2015

In an all-new interview in today's New York Times, Taye Diggs reflects on his upcoming gender-bending role in Broadway's Hedwig and the Angry Inch. (more...)

In the Spotlight Series: HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH's Taye DiggsIn the Spotlight Series: HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH's Taye Diggs
by Walter McBride - Jul 20, 2015

Darren Criss just concluded his limited 12-week engagement in Broadway's HEDIWG AND THE ANGRY INCH, the Tony Award winning Best Musical Revival, yesterday, July 19. He started performances on April 29 at the Belasco Theatre. As BroadwayWorld previously reported, Taye Diggs will take over the role starting Wednesday, July 22, making his return to Broadway after a decade-long hiatus. Diggs will also play the title role in the acclaimed musical for a limited 12-week engagement. (more...)

Photo Flash: Alan Cumming Visits Darren Criss in Final HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH PerformancePhoto Flash: Alan Cumming Visits Darren Criss in Final HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH Performance
by BWW News Desk - Jul 19, 2015

Alan Cumming came to see Darren Criss take his final bow in HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH on Broadway this afternoon. Following the show, Cumming took a selfie with Criss in the GLEE star's dressing room. Cumming tweeted, (@Alancumming) 'Just saw @DarrenCriss rock it again in @HedwigOnBway. Bravo wee D, bravo!!' Check out the pic below! (more...)

Photo Flash: GLEE's Harry Shum Jr. Visits Darren Criss At HEDWIGPhoto Flash: GLEE's Harry Shum Jr. Visits Darren Criss At HEDWIG
by BWW News Desk - Jul 19, 2015

GLEE's Harry Shum Jr. went to see fellow GLEE alum Darren Criss perform in HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH during his last weekend playing the title role on Broadway. Shum took to Instagram to share a pic of the friends' reunion. Check out the photo of the GLEE guys below! (more...)

Darren Criss Plays Final HEDWIG Performance Today; Taye Diggs to Step in NextDarren Criss Plays Final HEDWIG Performance Today; Taye Diggs to Step in Next
by BWW News Desk - Jul 19, 2015

Darren Criss will conclude his limited 12-week engagement in Broadway's HEDIWG AND THE ANGRY INCH, the Tony Award winning Best Musical Revival, today, July 19. (more...)

Sutton Foster Leads Encores! Off-Center's THE WILD PARTY, Opening Tonight at the City CenterSutton Foster Leads Encores! Off-Center's THE WILD PARTY, Opening Tonight at the City Center
by BWW News Desk - Jul 15, 2015

Directed by Leigh Silverman and choreographed by Sonya Tayeh, THE WILD PARTY will run tonight, July 15, through July 18 at New York City Center. (more...)

Seeger Sing-a-Long, Michael Cerveris, Joey Arias and More Set for Joe's Pub, 7/15-26Seeger Sing-a-Long, Michael Cerveris, Joey Arias and More Set for Joe's Pub, 7/15-26
by BWW News Desk - Jul 13, 2015

Joe's Pub at the Public has announced its nightly performances running July 15-26, 2015. Scroll down for details! (more...)

HEDWIG & THE ANGRY INCH Opens Tenth Anniversary SeasonHEDWIG & THE ANGRY INCH Opens Tenth Anniversary Season
by BWW News Desk - Jul 12, 2015

?The Onyx Theatre opens its Tenth Anniversary Season with the popular Broadway hit Hedwig and the Angry Inch. The Tony Award-winning rock musical is written by John Cameron Mitchell and Stephen Trask, and directed by Troy Heard. (more...)

BWW Interview: Miriam Shor Preps for a Wild, Wild Party at  Encores! Off-CenterBWW Interview: Miriam Shor Preps for a Wild, Wild Party at Encores! Off-Center
by Nicole Rosky - Jul 10, 2015

Right beofre her first day of rehearsals, Shor, who will play Madelaine True, checked in with BroadwayWorld to chat about preparing for her return to the stage, teaming up again with Sutton Foster, what she's working on next, and so much more. Check out the full interview below! (more...)

John Cameron Mitchell Teases New Movie, HEDWIG 2 & More: 'Like ROMEO & JULIET But With Punks And Aliens'John Cameron Mitchell Teases New Movie, HEDWIG 2 & More: 'Like ROMEO & JULIET But With Punks And Aliens'
by Pat Cerasaro - Jul 9, 2015

A new movie from the man behind HEDWIG & THE ANGRY INCH! (more...)

WAKE UP with BWW 7/9/2015 - Broadway at Bryant Park, Seinfeld & Quinn, THE VISIT and More!WAKE UP with BWW 7/9/2015 - Broadway at Bryant Park, Seinfeld & Quinn, THE VISIT and More!
by Jessica Showers - Jul 9, 2015

Good morning, BroadwayWorld! Because we know all our readers eat, sleep and breathe Broadway, what could be better than waking up to it? Today's big news: Broadway in Bryant Park kicks off today, THE VISIT celebrates its cast album at B&N and more! (more...)

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