The fact that Taye Diggs isn’t on our televisions and movie screens every day is one of our greatest shames as a nation. I mean, just look at this man.
We should be seeing more of him. (WINK.) Diggs is one of those actors whom, when we don’t see him for a while, I always assume is off doing theatre. But apparently it’s been 12 years since Diggs’ last appearance on Boradway. Which, of course, does not mean that he’s not doing theatre elsewhere; it only goes to show that I have no idea WHAT Taye Diggs is doing.*
Now, though, Taye Diggs will be returning to Broadway to step into the title role of Hedwig and the Angry Inch. The current revival began last spring with Neil Patrick Harris’ insanely popular turn at the role, followed by a bunch of other totally talented and sexy white dudes, including Michael C. Hall and the show’s creator John Cameron Mitchell, plus that dude from Glee because of course. Diggs will be the first African American actor to play the role in a major New York production. (Ally Sheedy made history as the first woman to take on the role in 1999.) For the unfamiliar, Hedwig is the story of a transgender woman living with a botched gender reassignment surgery in communist East Berlin. The show has become famous for its intense sexery, with audience members risking (hoping!) having their faces licked and laps sat upon.
Diggs seems like a natural fit, no?
*Yes, a simple IMDB search tells me exactly what Taye Diggs is doing, and it turns out he’s starring in a show Steven described as basically “meh.” So good for Taye Diggs. I will continue to forget this show exists.