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May 18, 2015 05:00 PM

Taye Diggs has been cast as the next Hedwig in Broadway’s Hedwig and The Angry Inch starting this summer.

The show’s lead producer, David Binder, confirmed the news on Monday.

“Taye is fantastic – he has theater cred, he has pop culture cred, he can sing, he can act, he can dance, he s smart and he s sexy,” Binder tells the New York Times.

The 44-year-old has previously starred in the stage and screen versions Rent, the movie How Stella Got Her Groove Back and the hit television show Private Practice.

Diggs will be the first African-American to play Hedwig, a gender-bending East German singer who fronts a rock band.

The show previously won four Tony awards when Neil Patrick Harris played the role of Hedwig in 2014.

Diggs will debut in the role on July 22.

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