Sep 9, 2014

Dexter's Michael C. Hall To Play Transgender German Rockstar On Broadway

It's been announced that Dexter star Michael C. Hall will take over the reigns from actor Andrew Rannells to play 'Hedwig', a transgender German rockstar, in Hedwig and the Angry Inch on Broadway.

According to NY Daily News, Hall will begin his stint in the production on October 16 at New York City's Belasco Theatre, and will end his run on January 4. Rannells' last show as the eccentric character will be on October 12.

Rannells - who is also well-known for his roles in Girls and The New Normal - took over the part from How I Met Your Mother star and Tony Award winner Neil Patrick Harris. During the latter's run as the flamboyant rockstar, the show became one of the top sellers on Broadway, with many weekly ticket sales scoring a million dollars in revenue, according to Variety.

The play still saw respectable profits with Rannells as lead, with each week gaining around $650,000 in revenue.

Hall's succession of Rannells in the Broadway hit does not mark his first stint on Broadway, however. In 1996, the 43-year-old was an understudy for the play Skylight. He has also starred in Emcee in Cabaret (1999), and Billy Flynn in Chicago (2002).

Hedwig and the Angry Inch - written by John Cameron Mitchell - tells the tale of a rock 'n' roll band headed by Hedwig, with the rockstar giving the audience a look into her life as a transgender German woman. In between songs, the character shares humorous and heartbreaking stories, including the stroy of her botched sex change operation, with the audience.

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