Taye Diggs to tackle ‘Hedwig’

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For Darren Criss in ‘Hedwig and the Angry Inch,’ 4-inch stilettos are no Achilles’ heel; Andy Cohen describes the ideal ‘Housewife’.

Taye Diggs is the latest actor to step into the high heels of transgender rocker Hedwig in the smash Broadway revival of Hedwig and the Angry Inch. “You would think that,” he said at a party thrown by Christian Louboutin and Bergdorf Goodman to celebrate his return to Broadway. “And while I don’t want to want to dispel people’s sense of wonder at that, it’s the least of my problems, because those boots are custom-made.” “And they’re also not typical women’s heels,” he explained, “They are exaggerated, and they’re built for my feet.

He’ll make his Broadway return for the first time since appearing in Wicked in 2004, taking over in the role of Hedwig when Glee star Darren Criss exits the production on July 19. The show opened last season with Neil Patrick Harris starting off the Hedwigs — and winning a Tony Award — and was replaced by Andrew Rannells, Michael C. Any margin of discomfort that you could imagine has been eliminated.” “If I put on a pair of these beautiful Louboutins that these women are wearing here tonight,” he admitted, “I’d be screwed — my legs would buckle and my feet would break.” Andy Cohen says he has a hunch right away if someone has that “Real Housewife” star power. “You have ideas, yeah,” he told us at the NBCUniversal Cable upfronts at the Javits Center. “I think one of the things that’s most important is funny, they’re not afraid of the camera, and they’re really willing to show everything and to live their lives truthfully in front of the camera.

Diggs’ Broadway credits include Carousel, Chicago, Wicked, and the original production of Rent. (He reprised his role as Benny in the 2005 film adaptation). Diggs, who launched his career in the original Broadway production of “Rent” and has also appeared on Broadway in “Chicago” and “Wicked,” last appeared on a New York stage in a 2005 Off Broadway production of “A Soldier’s Play.” Also the star of TNT drama “Murder in the First,” Diggs will star opposite Rebecca Naomi Jones in “Hedwig.” He begins his 12-week run in the production July 22 after Criss wraps up his engagement July 19. “Hedwig” will also take the spotlight at the Tony Awards next month when Mitchell, the co-creator of the show, wins a special Tony Award for his performance in the show earlier this year. And the ex-Prez made an appearance at the Harlem EatUp! fest, thanking chef Marcus Samuelsson and event marketer Herb Karlitz for organizing the culinary shindig. Despite being embroiled in a nasty legal battle over frozen embryos with his ex Sofia Vergara, Nick Loeb acted like he didn’t have a care in the world at George Wayne’s Downtown 100 List party at Troy Liquor Bar.

When a doorman asked guest Debi Mazar for ID, she retorted, “You don’t need to see, I’m legit.” Cicely Tyson has a very special fan — Michelle Obama. “She’s said to me over and over again, ‘When I grow up, I want to be just like you,’ ” the 90-year-old actress revealed. “She says it all the time. When we did ‘Black Girls Rock,’ she insisted on sitting alongside of me, so my escort had to get up and give up the seat.” The “Sounder” star is a fan of the whole Obama fam: “I love them both, and those daughters are amazing.” “Royals” cutie William Moseley possesses a perfect set of straight white teeth, which he sheepishly acknowledged is a little unusual for a Brit. “They are known for having bad teeth,” he admitted. “Actually, I notice it when an American has bad teeth.

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