Broadway star and Private Practice heartthrob Taye Diggs is currently tackling the role of his career – in heels! The flashy title character in John Cameron Mitchell’s Hedwig and the Angry Inch is a far cry from Diggs’ original claim to fame as greedy Benny in Rent. This is exactly why Diggs delights in playing Hedwig. Diggs is also the first African American performer to lead the production.

He recently stopped by on Keith Price’s Backstage Skinny to talk about Hedwig and what his opportunity means for the next generation of Broadway hopefuls.

“[I] never once thought that I would be considered [for Hedwig]…I didn’t know I could do half the sh-t I do in this show,” Diggs said. “This role has let me know that I can do whatever I want. I feel like the world is limitless…It’s been a rough couple years, so this came at a really great time for me personally.”

Catch Diggs as Hedwig until September 13!

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