Michael C Hall will replace Andrew Rannells in the title role of Hedwig And The Angry Inch beginning October 16. The show won Tony Awards in June as best musical revival and for the production’s originating star, Neil Patrick Harris, among other kudos.
Rannells, a Tony nominee for his performance as Elder Price in The Book Of Mormon, took over in mid-August. Neither the original announcement concerning Rannells — a featured player on HBO’s Girls, among other high-profile post-Mormon gigs — nor a New York Times feature story about his appearance in Hedwig, mentioned the fact that he would only be in for eight weeks. The show has seen a significant box office decline since Harris’ departure, which is to be expected given both the timing — nearing the end of the summer tourist season and the beginning of the usual September lull — and Harris’ popularity. Last week, the show grossed $514,000 — down more than $100,000 from the week before, which also saw a drop off from the previous week, although one that was not so steep.
David Binder, the lead producer of the show, told Deadline, “Our agreement with Andrew was always for eight weeks, and I am super excited about having Michael C. Hall take over.” Hall, who most recently appeared on Broadway on The Realistic Joneses, is a Golden Globe winner and five-time Emmy nominee for Dexter and Emmy nominee previously for Six Feet Under. He is slated to run in the brilliant show, in which he will star as the “internationally ignored song stylist” Hedwig, the loud and proud product of a semi-botched sex-change, through January 4, 2015. Rannells’ final performance in the role will be Sunday, October 12.