Andrew Rannells, a Tony nominee for his performance in The Book Of Mormon, will take over the title role in Hedwig And The Angry Inch when Tony winner Neil Patrick Harris departs the show in August, producer David Binder says. Harris leaves on August 17 and Rannells, also a regular on the HBO series Girls, takes over August 20. He won the Tony Award for best musical revival on Sunday and has been SRO at the Belasco Theatre. He’s billed as a limited-time-only appearance.
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EXCLUSIVE: Call her Yitzhak. Lena Hall, Tony-nominated for her co-starring role opposite Neil Patrick Harris in Hedwig And The Angry Inch, has signed with ICM Partners. She previously appeared in Kinky Boots. She also fronts rock band The Deafening. As Yitzhak, she plays the object of Hedwig’s odd affections in the sizzling rock musical about a semi-transgendered semi-rock star played by Harris with a star-confirming mix of ferociousness and vulnerability. Hall’s unexpected curtain call provides one of the show’s great moments. She’s managed by Robyn Ziegler Management and Alligned Entertainment.
They were sweating bullets over Broadway in the week following the peculiar Tony Awards nominations, with many shows dropping further from the previous week’s post-holiday decline. Overall, total take on Broadway for the week ending Sunday fell to $29,244,147, from $31,700,745 the week before, according to figures released by the trade group the Broadway League.
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Biggest loser in terms of cash was Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella, a holdover from last season. Cindy was down a whopping $483,689, taking in less than 40% of her potential of $994,068 and filling about 60% of the seats at the Broadway Theatre, at an average ticket price of $75.63. Matilda, also a holdover, was down $328,393, to $924,624; attendance dropped to a smidgen under 89%. Long-running Wicked was off $342,640, at a still-impressive $1,732,110.
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