VIDEO: HEDWIG's Taye Diggs Talks 'Role of a Lifetime' on 'Today'
Broadway star Taye Diggs talks about his lead role as the gender-bending rock singer Hedwig Schmidt in "Hedwig and the Angry Inch." "It's the role of a lifetime," says the actor. "I guarantee I won't ever play anything as challenging." Watch the appearance below!
Diggs made his return to Broadway in the 2014 Tony Award winning Best Musical Revival of HEDWIG for a limited 12-week engagement at the Belasco Theatre (111 West 44th Street). Hedwig will mark Diggs' first New York stage role since the 2005 revival of A Soldier's Play.
The actor made his Broadway debut in 1994 in the Tony Award-winning revival ofCarousel. Soon after, he landed the role of Benny in in the landmark musicalRent, a role he recreated in the 2005 film version. Diggs other New York stage credits include Chicago, Wicked, and Andrew Lippa's The Wild Party. His many film and television credits include How Stella Got Her Groove Back, Go, Chicago,The Best Man, its follow up The Best Man Holiday, and six seasons on ABC's hit drama "Private Practice."
Hedwig and the Angry Inch, with book by John Cameron Mitchell and music and lyrics by Stephen Trask, directed byMichael Mayer, also stars Rebecca Naomi Jones as Yitzhak. The production has received rave reviews and is winner of four 2014 TONY AWARDS and won Best Musical Revival by the Tony Awards, the Drama Desk Awards, Drama League Awards, and Outer Critics Circle Awards. The Grammy nominated Original Broadway Cast album forHedwig and the Angry Inch is available from Atlantic Records.