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'Hedwig and the Angry Inch' to close on Broadway Sept. 13

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Karen Butler
Taye Diggs attends the premiere of The Best Man Holiday in Los Angeles on Nov. 5, 2013. Photo by Jim Ruymen/UPI
Taye Diggs attends the premiere of "The Best Man Holiday" in Los Angeles on Nov. 5, 2013. Photo by Jim Ruymen/UPI | License Photo

NEW YORK, Aug. 18 (UPI) -- The Tony Award-winning musical Hedwig and the Angry Inch is to play its final performance on Broadway Sept. 13, producers announced Tuesday.

The production with a book by John Cameron Mitchell, and music and lyrics by Stephen Trask, was directed by Michael Mayer. The staging was initially announced as a 16-week, limited engagement that turned into a hit, 76-week run.

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When the show closes, it will have played 22 previews and 506 regular performances. A national tour of Hedwig and the Angry Inch will start in San Francisco Oct. 4, 2016, with productions also being planned for London's West End and Australia.

The actors who have played the titular, transgender rocker during this production are Neil Patrick Harris, Andrew Rannells, Michael C. Hall, John Cameron Mitchell, Darren Criss and Taye Diggs.

"When we announced our limited, 16-week Broadway engagement of Hedwig, never in my wildest dreams did I think it would run for a year and a half. Hedwig heralded a historic year of acceptance and celebration across America," producer David Binder said in a statement. "It has been a privilege to work with our extraordinary leading men Neil, Andrew, Michael, John, Darren and Taye; Lena Hall, Rebecca Naomi Jones, Shannon Conley, and our kick-ass band Tits of Clay. I am so happy that Michael Mayer's groundbreaking production has introduced Hedwig to a new generation of fans and brought John and Stephen's downtown show into the mainstream. The vision of these artists was truly ahead of its time. I couldn't be prouder of the entire team and am thrilled that audiences across the United States will soon be able to experience our show when it begins its national tour."

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