Taye Diggs to Make Broadway Return in ‘Hedwig and the Angry Inch’

Actor will play title role for limited 12-week engagement starting in July

Last Updated: May 18, 2015 @ 12:27 PM

Taye Diggs will return to Broadway this summer in “Hedwig and the Angry Inch,” the 2014 Tony Award winner for Best Musical Revival.

Diggs will play the title role in the acclaimed musical for a limited 12-week engagement starting July 22 at the Belasco Theatre in New York. This will mark Diggs’ first New York stage role since the 2005 revival of “A Soldier’s Play.”

The actor is currently in production on the second season of Steven Bochco’s crime drama “Murder in the First,” which will premiere June 8 on TNT.

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 musical “Rent,” 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 film and television credits include “How Stella Got Her Groove Back,” “Go,” “Chicago,” “The Best Man,” and six seasons on ABC’s hit drama “Private Practice.”

“Hedwig and the Angry Inch,” directed by Michael Mayer, also stars Rebecca Naomi Jones as Yitzhak. The production has received four 2014 Tony Awards, including Best Musical Revival by the Tonys, the Drama Desk Awards, Drama League Awards and Outer Critics Circle Awards.

“Internationally ignored song stylist” Hedwig Robinson (Taye Diggs) brings her fourth-wall-smashing rock and roll saga to New York to set the record straight about her life, her loves and the botched operation that left her with that “angry inch.”

The musical won the Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Off-Broadway Musical and in 1998 won Entertainment Weekly’s “Soundtrack of the Year” Award. Time Magazine named “Hedwig” the Top Musical of 1998.