From High School to High Heels! Very First Look at a Glittery Darren Criss as Hedwig | Playbill

News From High School to High Heels! Very First Look at a Glittery Darren Criss as Hedwig
"Glee" heartthrob Darren Criss, who is the next actor announced to wig out in the Broadway revival of Hedwig and the Angry Inch, is getting ready for his close-up.


Criss will begin performances April 29 for a 12-week limited engagement at the Belasco Theatre. He succeeds Hedwig co-creator and original Off-Broadway star John Cameron Mitchell, who joined the production Jan. 21.

Hedwig marks Criss' return to Broadway after making his debut in the 2012 revival of How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying. Fans flocked to see Criss during his sold-out, three-week run, which brought in over $4 million at the box office and proved to be the most lucrative period in the revival's run.

Known for playing gay teen heartthrob Blaine Anderson on "Glee," Criss is a member of the Chicago-based theatre group StarKid Productions, which created A Very Potter Musical. The group has released several Billboard charting cast albums and toured nationally. On screen, Criss has also been seen in "Girl Most Likely," "The Wind Rises" with Joseph Gordon-Levitt, "Web Therapy," ABC's "Backstage with Disney on Broadway" and more.

The Broadway premiere of the cult rock musical began previews March 29, 2014, at the Belasco, prior to an official opening April 22 with Neil Patrick Harris in the title role. Tony nominee Andrew Rannells succeeded Harris. The musical most recently starred Michael C. Hall ("Dexter," Cabaret). Co-creator John Cameron Mitchell currently stars.

Hedwig features a book by John Cameron Mitchell and music and lyrics by Stephen Trask.

Hedwig is directed by Tony Award winner Mayer (Spring Awakening, American Idiot) with musical staging by Emmy Award nominee Spencer Liff (The Wedding Singer, Cry-Baby). Justin Craig is musical director. 

The Belasco Theatre Box Office is located at 111 West 44th Street. Tickets are also available by calling (212) 239-6200 or visiting

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