Darren Criss IS Hedwig and the rock band is Angry Inch. It is an exotic musical about a fictional rock and roll band fronted by a gender confused East German singer named Hedwig. The show won the Tony Award for Best Revival of a musical in 2014 starring Neil Patrick Harris. The show premiered off off Broadway in 1998 and ran over two years. It was made into a movie in 2001.
Darren Criss best known for his role as Blaine on GLEE, is taking on a very different role. Hedwig, a young man, Hansel, assumes a female persona after a botched sex change operation which was performed to allow him to marry an American man and escape East Germany.
Criss will be in the part through July 21, 2015 when Taye Diggs steps in to his shoes (his high heeled shoes!)
The music is steeped in the androgynous 1970s glam rock style of David Bowie as well as the work of John Lennon and early punk performers Lou Reed and Iggy Pop. Hedwig and the Angry Inch rocks the house in a spectacular production that can leave one gasping....in a great way.
Darren Criss talked about taking on the role: