VIDEO: Taye Diggs on Crossing the Line with HEDWIG Jokes: 'No One Likes to Offend Anyone'
Taye Diggs will return to Broadway this summer in Hedwig and the Angry Inch, the 2014 Tony Award winning Best Musical Revival. Diggs will play the title role in the acclaimed musical for a limited 12-week engagement starting Wednesday, July 22 at the Belasco Theatre (111 West 44th Street). This marks Diggs' first New York stage role since the 2005 revival of A Soldier's Play. As previously announced Darren Criss will play his final performance as Hedwig on Sunday, July 19.
The actor spoke with ET this week about recent controversial remarks made in character by current HEDWIG, Darren Criss about Caitlyn Jenner. "I don't think anything he did was wrong," said Diggs. "He apologized, which was classy. No one like to offend anybody." The "Murder in the First" star went on to add, "But I'll be the first person to say 'sit back, and chill and think about what you're saying." Watch the interview below!
Diggs made his Broadway debut in 1994 in the Tony Award-winning revival of Carousel. 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 for Hedwig and the Angry Inch is available from Atlantic Records.