For the first time in over a decade Taye Diggs will be returning to Broadway as the star in the Tony Award-winning hit Hedwig and the Angry Inch!
On July 19, the current star, Darren Criss, is set to exit the production at which point Diggs will take over headlining. He's officially signed on for a 12-week stint with the show, starring opposite Rebecca Naomi Jones and he'll start July 22, 2015!
The show revolves around a German emigrant, Hedwig, who is the victim of a botched sex-change operation, as she embarks on her journey to find love and stardom. The revival play — which originally opened as an off-Broadway production in 1998 — relaunched last year with Neil Patrick Harris as its star and ended up winning four Tony Awards including Best Revival of a Musical.
Since it launched, it's gone through quite a few actors playing the lead including:
The 34-year-old actor and the 33-year-old actress both starred in the romantic play Constellations where critics instantly recognized their intense on-stage chemistry!
Well, it looks like art is imitating life and the two are apparently an item!
On Saturday, eyewitnesses saw the photogenic couple at the 10:20 a.m. class at Barry's Bootcamp in NYC getting their sweat on!
According to a source:
"After the class, Jake lingered by the lobby area while he waited for her to shower and change… Ruth and Jake left separately, but while he waited, he was chatting with the people she ended up leaving with. It's clear they have mutual friends. Jake was also very friendly to other people just coming out of the class. No diva behavior at all."
However, before they said au revoir, they just couldn't help but suck face!
Fun Homeis a new Broadway musical that tells a very personal story about family and loss. The show is based on the book of the same name, about a lesbian comic book artist coming to terms with her father's death. Her father was a very complex man and this is a complex show. Not your typical Broadway fare!
It's extremely well done and satisfying, though also a bit frustrating - just like the story and the main character's dad.
Michael Cerveris gives a powerful and nuanced performance as the father, a conflicted English teacher who runs a funeral parlor out of his home - aka the "fun home" - and who moonlights in home restoration and homosexuality.
The subject matter is meaty and the one major complaint we had with the show is that this very complex story (told in a very complex and multilayered way - from the present, the past and the very distant past) was crammed into one act. While we are big fans of the one act musical, not every show benefits from that.
While the show is mainly about Alison and her father, Fun Homewould be even better if some of the supporting characters were a bit more fleshed out - ESPECIALLY the mother! Judy Kuhn does a great job as the mom, but we wish we knew more about her and what made her tick. Her story is so tied to that of her husband, who cheated on her with countless men, and her daughter.
In real life, Alison Bechdel, whose book Fun Homeis based on, wrote a second illustrated memoir all about her mother. We wish some of those elements could have been incorporated into the musical, so that it could feel like a more complete experience.
As it is, the book of the musical, written by Lisa Kron, poses more questions than it answers. This is not a show where everything is going to be spoon-fed for the audience or wrapped up with a bow on top. Like we said, not your typical Broadway fare.
Thankfully, director Sam Gold does a great job of making this show, which began at the Public Theater downtown, feel like a Broadway production. The set, by David Zinn, makes THE MOST of the Circle In The Square Theater and is used in very unexpected and effective ways.
The music, by Jeanine Tesori, with lyrics by Kron, is great.
And the very young and very talented Sydney Lucas, one of three actresses simultaneously playing the lead character, Alison, gives an outstanding performance. DAZZLING! She steals the show!
Darren Criss had his opening night as the star of the rock musical Hedwig And The Angry Inch on Wednesday in New York, and he was fantastic!
And as you can see in the pic (above) Darren looked like perfection for the beginning of the limited 12-week engagement run, where he plays the frontman, Hedwig, of an East German rock band who assumes a female persona after a botched sex change operation and breaks down a lot of fourth walls in the play in order to share his story!