"Glee" star Darren Criss is Broadway-bound in a very, very big way.
Starting April 29, the 28-year-old actor will don platform heels and a sky-high wig in the title role of "Hedwig and the Angry Inch." As Variety is reporting, Criss will take over for John Cameron Mitchell, who co-wrote the musical and originated the role off-Broadway. (Mitchell's last performance will be April 26)
This will mark Criss's first Broadway appearance since 2012, when he was tapped to replace Daniel Radcliffe in the revival of “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying” for a three-week run.
The Broadway incarnation of "Hedwig," which opened last year, nabbed four Tony Awards, including one for the production's original star, Neil Patrick Harris. Harris, who left the production in August 2014, has since been succeeded by "Girls" star Andrew Rannells, Michael C. Hall and Mitchell.
“I've got a grin plastered on my face that Darren is joining the brotherhood of Hedwigs," Mitchell said in an email statement. "His stage presence is electrifying, his rock and roll credentials and comic timing impeccable and I'm thrilled to be working with him to create a brand-new Hedwig!”
Calling Criss "a game changer," composer-lyricist Stephen Trask added, "I’m happy that Hedwig can be Darren’s next stop on his way to world domination.”