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'Girls' actor to replace Neil Patrick Harris in 'Hedwig and the Angry Inch'

Neil Patrick Harris earned a Tony Award Sunday for his portrayal of the title character in "Hedwig and the Angry Inch," but soon, he'll be hanging up his fishnets. The former "How I Met Your Mother" star wraps up his appearance in the Broadway musical in August, and will be replaced by "Girls" actor Andrew Rannells, Rannells confirmed on Twitter.It's common in the theater world for shows to under
Neil Patrick Harris as "Hedwig" and Andrew Rammell
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Neil Patrick Harris will be replaced as "Hedwig" on Broadway by Andrew Rannells.Today

Neil Patrick Harris earned a Tony Award Sunday for his portrayal of the title character in "Hedwig and the Angry Inch," but soon, he'll be hanging up his fishnets. 

The former "How I Met Your Mother" star wraps up his appearance in the Broadway musical in August, and will be replaced by "Girls" actor Andrew Rannells, Rannells confirmed on Twitter.

I+couldn't+be+prouder+to+be+joining+@HedwigOnBway+!+I'm+honored+&+excited+to+try+and+fill+the+big+heels+@ActuallyNPH+will+be+leaving+behind.

—+Andrew+Rannells+(@AndrewRannells)+June+12,+2014+

It's common in the theater world for shows to undergo changes after the Tonys air. Some fold altogether, and some make change-ups in key actors. So Harris' exit comes as no real surprise. He had even alluded to it while accepting his Tony award.

"I promise when this is done, I will be able to read to you and put you to sleep," he said, addressing his children, Harper and Gideon, with partner David Burtka, in his speech. "That's coming up soon."

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Rannells is no Broadway newcomer. He played Hedwig in the 2001 production of the musical in Austin, Texas, and earned a Tony nomination for playing Elder Price in "The Book of Mormon" in 2011. He's played Lena Dunham's BFF/frenemy Elijah on "Girls" since 2012.

Harris' last scheduled date as Hedwig is Aug. 17.

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