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Taye Diggs is all Glittery and Blue in First Photo as he Takes on Broadway’s ‘Hedwig and the Angry Inch’

Adesola Ade-Unuigbe

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taye-diggs-hedwigTaye Diggs is all glittery and blue in this first look photo from his run on Broadway’s Hedwig and the Angry Inch.

In the photo released to People Magazine, the 44-year-old actor has on heavy makeup as he takes on the role of the lead androgynous rock star.

Taye Diggs is the first African American man to tackle the role in New York.

Speaking to People, he said “Hedwig is the role of a lifetime. I’m looking forward to being challenged performance-wise on many levels, as well as being humbled by the musical’s social implications. I also like wearing nail polish.” 

In the past actors like Neil Patrick Harris and Darren Criss have also taken on the role.

Photo Credit: People Magazine

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17 Comments

  1. bruno FIERCE

    June 26, 2015 at 1:55 pm

    u people should stop
    “straight-washing” gay culture. why should a straight man play a gay character when there are other better actors who are gay in real life that can play this gay character. do u know how difficult it is for gay actors to get acting jobs?

    u don’t like it when white people white wash black culture, so pls u straight people should stop straight washing gay culture. leave gay characters for actors who are gay in real life.

    • Prec

      June 26, 2015 at 2:14 pm

      Why are you talking about being gay like it’s a physical or mental condition, with it’s limitation? A white man can’t play a black cause you can clearly see he’s not black. If someone that is gay doesn’t tell he’s gay will you know? That’s like saying a gay man shouldn’t act as a straight man. It makes no difference as long as the actor can pull it off.

    • polypoly

      June 26, 2015 at 3:52 pm

      blah blah blah!!!

      you sure aint complaining about Guilermo Diaz (huck on Scandal) playing a straight male. gurl bye!!! he is an actor and he is showing versatility. Queen Latifah, NPH, Ellen, Caity Jenner, and many more have played straight roles…….

      btw – Taye berra come thru with that pout and chiseled bone structure,…..yassss hunnay, serving Maybelline butch teas !!!! sissy bounce and walk for me!!! slay Queen….definitely going to see this on broadway with all my good Judys.

    • me

      June 26, 2015 at 4:56 pm

      You need to medically/spiritually access yourself. Making the same mistake does not correct anyone. Hours ago you insulted black movt and now you are making the same mistake you claim they made. Wow

    • Idomagirl

      June 26, 2015 at 9:32 pm

      Do you complain when gay actors play straight characters? Hypocrite.

    • Michael

      June 27, 2015 at 9:58 am

      Then gay actors should stop playing straight roles too cus ur logic doesn’t make sense,Neil Patrick Harris played a straight guy, a womanizer sef for years, why don’t u argue the role should go to a straight actor

  2. dobzi

    June 26, 2015 at 2:37 pm

    I’m sure he’ll play the role well……he’s a good actor

    http://www.dobzifingers.com/?m=1

  3. Trudy

    June 26, 2015 at 3:53 pm

    Charlie boy or nah ?

  4. BlueEyed

    June 26, 2015 at 4:06 pm

    Taye Diggs kills Broadway and he’s gonna be great in this role

    • polypoly

      June 26, 2015 at 6:40 pm

      yasssss!!!! loved him in RENT! gwooorrrrlllll, that’s my show right thurrrr. and with Idina Menzel, divine!!!! let sing Seasons of Love real quick….lol #theatreGeek

  5. RIFF RAFF

    June 26, 2015 at 4:17 pm

    Men and this recent trend of cross-dressing…..Caitlyn is definitely opening a lot of “suspicious” doors

    • Idomagirl

      June 26, 2015 at 9:31 pm

      You sound like an illiterate.
      1) First of all he is playing a character, he isn’t walking about like this in his daily life.
      2) Cross-dressing is in no way a ‘recent trend’, people have been cross dressing for centuries. It didn’t begin with Caitlyn Jenner.

      Pick up a book or something.

  6. FinchleysFinest

    June 26, 2015 at 4:20 pm

    @bruno FIERCE : You need to stop posting comments like you just woke up from a 24hr sleep… that doesn’t even make sense….

  7. Idomagirl

    June 26, 2015 at 9:29 pm

    I loooooove this picture!!!! #fierce

  8. Tosin

    June 27, 2015 at 6:15 am

    gotta see Hedwig. heard a lot about it over the years.
    excited for Taye Diggs. yummy photo.

  9. Gentle Pace

    June 27, 2015 at 6:17 am

    @ polypoly

    You crack me up with your “yaaaaaasssss’s “and your “slaaaaay” dramatic expressions. I’m kinda always waiting for your comments and I burst into laughter. You’re alright though. ?

  10. Tunmi

    June 27, 2015 at 2:07 pm

    I’m reminded of Chiwetel Ejiofor in Kinky Boots

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