Darren Criss Is Broadway’s New “Hedwig”

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“Glee" star Darren Criss made his Broadway debut in 2012 in the revival of “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying" -- and now he’ll return to Broadway in another hit revival, "Hedwig and the Angry Inch."

Criss, who plays Blaine Anderson on the FOX series, will play the title role of Hedwig for a 12-week run beginning April 29.

He’ll replace “Hedwig” co-creator and original off-Broadway star John Cameron Mitchell, who joined the Broadway production at the end of January and will remain with the show through April 26.

Mitchell is currently out of Hedwig’s heels, recovering from a knee injury. He’s been covered by Michael C. Hall, who played the role on Broadway prior to Mitchell’s stint. Mitchell returns to “Hedwig” on Feb. 24.

"I've got a grin plastered on my face that Darren is joining the brotherhood of Hedwigs," Mitchell said in a statement. "I LOVED him in ‘How to Succeed.’ His stage presence is electrifying, his rock and roll credentials and comic timing impeccable and I'm thrilled to be working with him to create a brand-new Hedwig!"

Criss' three-week run in "How to Succeed" was completely sold out, bringing in more than $4 million at the box office and proving to be the highest-grossing three weeks of the revival's 11-month run.

Lena Hall, who won a 2014 Tony for her portrayal of Hedwig's husband, Yitzhak, will remain with “Hedwig” through Criss’ run. 

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