VIDEO: Taye Diggs Talks Return to Broadway in HEDWIG: 'I'm a Song & Dance Cat; This Role Has It All'
Taye Diggs stopped by TODAY this week to talk about his hit TV crime drama and returning to the stage to star in Hedwig and the Angry Inch. The actor also stopped by ABC's THE VIEW later in the day. Watch both appearances below!
Explained Diggs of his decision to return to Broadway, "I've been begging my agents, my managers, God, to give me a role where I could show off everything I think I can do cause I'm a song and dance cat. And this role has it all."
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). Hedwig will mark Diggs' first New York stage role since the 2005 revival of A Soldier's Play.
He is currently in production for the second season of Steven Bochco's crime drama "Murder in the First," which will premiere Monday, June 8 on TNT.
He 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."
As previously announced Darren Criss will play his final performance as Hedwig on Sunday, July 19.
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.