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Andrew Rannells to Replace Neil Patrick Harris in ‘Hedwig and the Angry Inch’

The Tony Award-winning Broadway musical is getting a new lead actor in August

Broadway’s “Hedwig and the Angry Inch” picked up four trophies at Sunday’s Tony Awards, and now the team behind it is bringing on a new lead actor.

Andrew Rannells, who received a Tony nomination for his role in “Book of Mormon” will replace Neil Patrick Harris in the role of Hedwig, the transgender rocker.

“Hedwig and the Angry Inch” was originally expected to have a limited run until Aug. 17, but after Sunday’s big wins, the show will go on with Rannells.

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Hedwig and the Angry Inch FeaturedHarris has been performing in the musical seven times a week since March and is ready to retire from the exhausting role.

“Hedwig and the Angry Inch” is a musical rock concert led by Hedwig, a transgender singer from East Berlin expressing tales from her childhood through song while competing with her ex-lover’s rival concert as it is being performed across the street.

Rannells has previous experience with Hedwig, having played the role in a 2001 production in Austin. Additionally, Rannells has gained attention as the lead in Ryan Murphy‘s sitcom “The New Normal” and as Hannah’s ex-boyfriend, Elijah, on HBO’s “Girls.”