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Andrew Rannells Takes Over for Neil Patrick Harris in 'Hedwig'

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The 2014 Tony-Award winning hit "Hedwig and the Angry Inch" has a new star, a face known both on Broadway and on screen. NY1’s Frank DiLella filed the following report.

Broadway has a new glam rock diva.

Fresh off the small screen in the hit series "Girls," Tony nominee Andrew Rannells is getting ready to return to Broadway in the 2014 Tony winning revival "Hedwig and the Angry Inch." Rannells will replace Neil Patrick Harris as the title character in the musical.

"To get a chance to do it at this level is, I mean, sort of an easy answer to say yes to,” said Rannells.

And Rannells is no stranger to the material. He first performed the role in 2002 at a regional theater in Austin, Texas.

"It was weird, as I got the script things came back. Whole chunks of the show were somehow lodged in the back of my brain,” said Rannells.

The show follows a transgendered East German rocker named Hedwig who is performing with her band on Broadway, and throughout the evening she's haunted by her one-time relationship with a musician named Tommy. The show was written by Stephen Trask and John Cameron Mitchell. Mitchell created the character of Hedwig both off-Broadway and onscreen. He says he's proud to pass the Hedwig torch, rather heels, to Rannells.

"He's a quadruple threat, you know? We think of that fourth quality as like maybe the drag quality of being able to rule a room while somehow being vulnerable at the same time, which Neil had. Which not that many people have,” said co-creator John Cameron Mitchell.

Hedwig Tony winner Lena Hall says she's excited to get a new co-star.

"I'm looking forward to him and his first show and the nerves of that and then watching him grow in the part,” said Hall.

And while on the surface "Hedwig" the musical may be dressed up as a glorified rock concert, Rannells says, dressed down, it's a story for today.

"It's a really simple, beautiful story about finding love and loving yourself and finding that love inside of you,” said Rannells.

And you can catch Rannells in "Hedwig and the Angry Inch" at the Belasco Theatre on Broadway starting on August 20.

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