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June 24, 2015 AT 12:00 PM EDT

Taye Diggs is returning to Broadway on July 22, but you don’t have to wait until then to see him in his new iconic role. PEOPLE has the first picture of Diggs in Hedwig and the Angry Inch, adorned in makeup and glitter. He’s set to replace Darren Criss, who was the replacement for former star and the musical’s co-writer, John Cameron Mitchell.

“Hedwig is the role of a lifetime,” Diggs told the magazine. “I’m looking forward to being challenged performance-wise on many levels, as well as being humbled by the musical’s social implications.”

Head to PEOPLE to peek at his new digs and learn how he enjoys sporting nail polish.

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