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Andrew Rannells talks 'Hedwig' pressure, 'Girls' Broadway connections

Broadway’s most exhilarating rock concert burst onto the boards earlier this year when Neil Patrick Harris stepped into the silky fishnets of Hedwig and the Angry Inch, earning a Tony for the role and ushering the East German rocker into the hands of a new generation of fans. After Harris departed the show in August, The Book of Mormon veteran Andrew Rannells was tapped to fill Hedwig’s high heels. To say his turn is electric, heartbreaking, and wholly different from Harris’ would still be underselling the performance.

With TV turns on Girls (as gay frenemy Elijah) and How I Met Your Mother and movie appearances in Bachelorette and The Intern, Rannells’ return to his theater roots is a thrill for fans and for the actor himself. EW paid a visit to Rannells’ dressing room backstage at the Belasco Theatre to quiz the Tony nominee about his Broadway return.

EW: I went running five days ago and my legs hurt, and I just had pad thai for lunch, and now I feel gross. Do my pitiful body woes make you laugh?
ANDREW RANNELLS:
 Oh, please. No! This is certainly unlike any show I’ve ever done before and has very unique challenges, but this is sort of what I was used to for so long, this schedule and this physicality. There’s something about it that feels really normal for me, to snap back into this eight-show-a-week thing. 

Is the snap reminiscent of Mormon, or eight shows a week dancing in the chorus of Hairspray?
In terms of the pain… there are moments in The Book of Mormon. I remember doing “All American Prophet,” which is that song in the middle of the first act where I was just running all over the stage and there were a million words and nothing ever repeated. It was hard as hell to learn, and doing that and thinking please, Jesus, let me survive through this. If I don’t die in the middle of this number, it’ll be a good one. But the crazy thing about this show is that, really, the anticipation of it starting is the worst part. Because once you’re doing it and you’re in it, it’s fine, and it moves really quickly once it starts, but it’s that gearing up to do it—that’s stressful.

Do the nerves kick in when you get here for make-up?
Until the second I set foot on stage. READ FULL STORY

Michael C. Hall will take over as Hedwig in 'Angry Inch'

Dexter will be your next Hedwig. Michael C. Hall is set to take over for Andrew Rannells in the Tony Award-winning production of Hedwig and the Angry InchEW has confirmed. Hall will begin his run Oct. 16 and will leave the show in January. Hall recently appeared on Broadway in the play The Realistic Jones, but he is a veteran of taking over roles in storied Broadway musicals, making turns as Billy Flynn in Chicago and the Master of Ceremonies in Cabaret. The latter role proves he’s also used to copious amounts of makeup.

Girls star Rannells made his debut as the titular transgender rocker from East Berlin in August after Neil Patrick Harris, who won a Tony for his work, departed the show. Lena Hall—another Tony winner, who plays Hedwig’s husband, Yitzhak—will remain in the production alongside Michael C. Hall.

Broadway box office: Andrew Rannells still packs them in for 'Hedwig'

Neil Patrick Harris may have hung up his five-inch pumps, but audiences are still lining up for Hedwig and the Angry Inch. According to figures from the Broadway League, the Tony-winning musical revival took in $648,738 for the week ending Aug. 24—the first with Book of Mormon alum Andrew Rannells in the cross-dressing title role. While that’s a steep drop from NPH’s final week, when the show grossed a whopping $1.14 million, it still represents an enviable 82 percent of the potential earnings for the 1,007-seat Belasco Theatre. (Harris’ star power enabled producers to sell many more “premium” tickets for well above the average price.)

Broadway’s other new production, a revival of Kenneth Lonergan’s ’90s drama This Is Our Youth starring Michael Cera and Kieran Culkin, took home a decent $365,614 from its first seven preview performances. That’s about 58 percent of the maximum potential gross, and represents a good start for a show that will officially open Sept. 11. READ FULL STORY

Andrew Rannells gets glittery in 'Hedwig and the Angry Inch' poster

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In comes Andrew, out goes Neil, but the glitter will always remain the same.

A new poster has been released for Andrew Rannells’ stage return in the Broadway rock musical Hedwig and the Angry Inch. He replaces Tony winner Neil Patrick Harris as the German transvestite rocker intent on putting on a concert across the street from his ex-lover’s rival show.

With the announcement of Rannells’ casting in June, the Tony-winning revival of Hedwig also announced its extension beyond Harris’ originally scheduled end date of August 17. Rannells will step into the role for a limited eight-week engagement beginning August 20.

Hint: Click the photo above for full-size Rannells.

'Hedwig and the Angry Inch' with Neil Patrick Harris recoups investment on Broadway

Neil Patrick Harris, in fishnets and heels, has officially torn down the Broadway box office.

Less than three months after opening, the Harris-led, Tony-winning revival of Hedwig and the Angry Inch has recouped its initial investment on Broadway. Harris won a Tony last month for playing the titular German transgender rocker in the John Cameron Mitchell and  Stephen Trask musical, breaking the fourth wall and directly interacting with the audience at the Belasco Theatre seven times a week (unlike most shows, which are scheduled for eight performances). The production, directed by Michael Mayer, took home a total of four Tony Awards, including best revival of a musical and performance awards for Harris and co-star Lena Hall.

“Well, I guess New York loves Ms. Hedwig!” producer David Binder said in a statement. “Our girl is feeling it now! All of us at the Belasco Theatre couldn’t be more thrilled. We’re so grateful to all the folks who have turned out and we’re especially thankful to all the fans that have flown in from around the world to join our celebration on 44th street. It has been an incredible journey.”

Girls star and Tony nominee Andrew Rannells will take over wig-in-a-box duties from Harris next month, when he steps into the role of Hedwig beginning Aug. 20.

This Week on Stage: Greta Gerwig debuts, Tonys post-mortem

To paraphrase Stephen Sondheim: Another theater season just got off of the train. But the start of the 2014-15 season is already threatening to jump off the track a little. After Sunday night’s mixed-results Tonys ceremony (No “in memoriam” segment? And did we really need to see Hugh Jackman embarrass himself rap?), the Tony administration committee announced that they would be discontinuing the sound design categories, to much consternation; in fact, 19,000 theater professionals and fans have already signed a petition to reinstate them, and the number keeps growing. (Ironic, too, as the Tony telecast at Radio City Music Hall is often criticized for poor sound quality.) But one of the show’s highlights was big winner Neil Patrick Harris essaying the flirtatious rocker “Sugar Daddy” from Hedwig and the Angry Inch (which won best musical revival), and EW proudly scooped the news that The Book of Mormon and Girls star Andrew Rannells will take over the role after Aug. 17, which is Harris’ final day. And given that he’s done it before, he should have no problem assuming those sausage curls and platform boots (though he’ll do it eight times a week after the summer, as opposed to Harris’ seven). And despite the season anew, there are no shortage of new shows opening around the country, including Blythe Danner taking on L.A. before Broadway this fall, a threesome of new works by one of the stage’s leading comedy writers, a new musical from the folks at Playwrights Horizons, and Noah Baumbach’s muse (and real-life partner) Greta Gerwig in her first NYC stage role in a new play from Britain (click on the links below for full reviews): READ FULL STORY

Andrew Rannells to replace Neil Patrick Harris in extended 'Hedwig and the Angry Inch' on Broadway

There’s some news in Hedwig land, fresh off the very, very high heels of Sunday’s Tony Awards ceremony in which the first Broadway production of Hedwig and the Angry Inch took home four trophies (including Best Revival of a Musical and Best Actor in a Musical for Neil Patrick Harris).

Tony nominee Andrew Rannells (Girls, The Book of Mormon) will slip on the fishnets of transgender rocker Hedwig as the first replacement for Harris, who departs the show on Aug. 17, the date the production was originally slated to end its limited run. Following Sunday’s Tony victories, the show will stay open after Harris vacates the intense role — which he’s been performing seven times a week since March — with Rannells now at the helm for a limited eight-week engagement beginning Aug. 20.

Hedwig and the Angry Inch is a musical-cum-rock concert led by Hedwig, a transgender singer from East Berlin who intersperses tales of her childhood with songs backed by her fictional rock band, all the while distracted by her ex-lover’s rival concert being performed the very same night, right across the street. READ FULL STORY

Tony Awards committee eliminates two categories, changes rules for revivals

Just days after the 68th Tony Awards were handed out, the annual event’s administration committee met one last time to discuss protocol for the upcoming 2014-15 Broadway season. And the rules, they are a-changin’.

The buzziest change affects sound designers, who make up about twenty percent of the already under-praised design teams who create the highly technical spectacles known as Broadway shows. The Tony committee plans to eliminate the awards for Best Sound Design of a Play and Best Sound Design of a Musical as of next season — although it retains “the right to determine a special Tony award for certain productions that have excelled in this particular design realm.” This is essentially the committee’s way of (inaccurately) declaring that all sound design is the same, except when it’s not.

But oh, those sound designers aren’t happy about this switch. Tony-nominated sound designer John Gromada has already launched a petition to reinstate the Sound Design categories. As of this posting, it’s mere votes away from hitting its 7,000 signature goal. READ FULL STORY

Tony Awards: See every musical performance

There’s plenty of Tony Awards coverage to go around—you can peruse through EW’s list of the best and worst moments, or re-live Sunday’s ceremony through our live blog—but, let’s be real. Everyone just wants to see the performances.

Worry no more. Here are all of this year’s musical performances from the 68th Tony Awards.

READ FULL STORY

Inside the Tony Award Nominees: Best Revival of a Musical

As we look ahead to the Tony Awards on Sunday, EW is taking a closer look at this season’s nominated selection of new musicals, plays, and revivals, all of which will be competing for Broadway’s highest honor. Today, we dive into this year’s nominees for Best Revival of a Musical.

Hedwig and the Angry Inch
Opened: April 22, 2014

Closing: Aug. 17, 2014

Starring: Neil Patrick Harris and Lena Hall

Directed by: Michael Mayer

Book by: John Cameron Mitchell

Music and lyrics by: Stephen Trask

Synopsis: Hedwig (Harris) is a transgender East German who weds an American G.I. near the end of the Cold War, and finds herself living in a Kansas trailer park and forming a band called The Angry Inch while pining for her lost love, a younger rock star named Tommy.

Tony nominations: 8 — Best Revivial of a Musical, Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical (Neil Patrick Harris), Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Musical (Lena Hall), Best Scenic Design of a Musical (Julian Crouch), Best Costume Design of a Musical (Arianne Phillips), Best Lighting Design of a Musical (Kevin Adams), Best Sound Design of a Musical (Tim O’Heir), Best Direction of a Musical (Michael Meyer)

EW’s review: “Purists may balk at Harris’ punk-lite vocals on Trask’s infectiously rockin’ score — he’s less Iggy, more pop — and his threats to ”cut you, bitch” come off with more of a wink than actual menace. But in a bravura performance, the actor proves the perfect instrument for Hedwig’s transition into world-class superstardom. He’s honed his showmanship on four Tony Awards gigs, of course. But he’s looser here, and lewder, more spontaneous and quick on his pumps.” A- (Thom Geier)

Scenic designer Julian Crouch on the challenges of a revival: “Hedwig is a kind of woman who would never perform on Broadway. In a sense, she’s a failure. So we had to find a way that it would be genuine that she was on Broadway – so let’s do it on the set of a failed musical. It really worked.”

Odds of winning: Bet your pumps on it.

NEXT: Les Miserables

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