Neil Patrick Harris to Exit Hedwig and the Angry Inch In August, Andrew Rannells Will Replace Him

Celebrity News Jun. 12, 2014 AT 5:40PM
Neil Patrick Harris and Andrew Rannels Tony Award winner Neil Patrick Harris will be leaving the Broadway show Hedwig and the Angry Inch in August Credit: Walter McBride/WireImage; Ilya S. Savenok/Getty Images

On to the next! Neil Patrick Harris will be leaving his starring role in Broadway's Hedwig and the Angry Inch this August, Us Weekly can confirm. Andrew Rannells will be taking his place after Harris leaves the show on Aug. 17.

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The Girls guest star, 35, is no stranger to the NYC stage. Rannells actually played the role of Hedwig in a 2001 production in Austin, Tex. In 2011, he originated the role of Elder Price in The Book of Mormon.

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Harris' departure from the show isn't much of a surprise. The How I Met Your Mother alum, 40, hinted about a possible exit while taking home his first Tony award in the Best Actor In a Musical category Sunday night at Radio City Music Hall.

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"To my family, David, I love you so much and I am so happy that we've gotten to do this, thank you for your sacrifices and thank you for putting up with me in all of this," he said of his fiance, David Burtka. "To kids, Harper and Gideon, I am so sorry that I haven't been able to spend as much time with you given the show. But I promise when this is done I will be able to read to you and put you to sleep. That's coming up soon."

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Days earlier, he gushed about Burtka even more while accepting the award for Outstanding Actor in a Musical at the 2014 Drama Desk Awards. "Thank you so much for your love and for your patience," he said. "I can't wait for the opportunity soon when these roles get to be reversed and I get to cheer you on up here doing what you do so well."

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