Michael C. Hall is the latest celebrity to don some sparkly high heels and short shorts on Broadway this year. After Neil Patrick Harris’ Tony Award-winning turn in Hedwig and the Angry Inch, the former Dexter star is going to take on the transgender role.
The show, which also won Best Revival of a Musical last spring, is successfully rolling in new actors to play the title role after Harris departed in August. Currently, Girls star, Andrew Rannells, is playing Hedwig through mid-October.
According to Entertainment Weekly, Hall will be taking over the role on Oct. 16 and will perform through Jan. 4, 2015. Yet the former Showtime star is not new to Broadway. He got his big break playing the Emcee in Cabaret, another gender-bending role. He also did a stint in Chicago as Billy Flynn and he recently ended a run in the play, The Realistic Joneses, with Marisa Tomei and Toni Collette.
The role is a challenging one for any performer. The story takes place in communist East Berlin, Germany, where a transgender woman performs a nonstop 90-minute rock show for the audience. Hall will have his work cut out for him, not only singing, but doing onstage wardrobe changes in heels and sequins.
The casting of the actor drew lots of excitement on Twitter once the show announced his name on the social media site.
— Hedwig on Broadway (@HedwigOnBway) September 8, 2014
@HedwigOnBway IM GONNA PUKE IM SO EXCITED
— lauren moran (@laurenmoran) September 8, 2014
@HedwigOnBway You gotta be kidding… I loved him in Dexter…
— Sarah H. (@vfl_sarah) September 8, 2014
It looks like theatre fans are ready to line up for tickets.