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    Why Andrew Rannells Replacing Neil Patrick Harris In "Hedwig" Is Fantastic News

    We believe. Rannells will be taking over the lead role in Hedwig and the Angry Inch in August.

    Andrew Rannells, who received a Tony nomination for his role as Elder Price in The Book of Mormon, will be returning to Broadway in August.

    He will be taking over the lead role in Hedwig and the Angry Inch, currently played by Neil Patrick Harris — who just won a Tony for the role. Harris has said he would be leaving Aug. 17, so the question was, "Who could possibly take over?"

    After Book of Mormon, Rannells went Hollywood for a while, playing Bryan in the couple at the center of the short-lived NBC series The New Normal.


    And, he's been a big part of HBO's Girls, playing Elijah, Hannah's gay ex-boyfriend.


    But now Broadway fans now get Rannells back (for a while at least), and that's perfectly fine with us. The really exciting part — besides being a great actor with a fantastic voice ...

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    Rannells performing The Book of Mormon's "I Believe" at the Tony Awards in June 2011.

    ... is that Rannells has a head start on the gender-bending role, having previously played the part of the transgender rocker back in 2001 at ZACH Theatre in Austin.

    In 2011, he sang "Origin of Love" from Hedwig at Joe's Pub, and... yeah, this is going to be good.

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    Rannells takes over as Hedwig, for a limited engagement, beginning Aug. 20.

    So do we, Andrew. So do we.