John Cameron Mitchell Announces Neil Patrick Harris to Head to Broadway for ‘Hedwig and the Angry Inch’

John Cameron Mitchell Announces Neil Patrick Harris to Head to Broadway for 'Hedwig and the Angry Inch'

Today the New York Times announced that Neil Patrick Harris will be heading to Broadway for a stint as Hedwig, the East German transgender rocker that is the heart of “Hedwig and the Angry Inch.”

Before it became the film that would launch John Cameron Mitchell’s (“Shortbus,” “Rabbit Hole”) film directing career, “Hedwig” was an off-Broadway musical with text by Mitchell and music and lyrics by Stephen Trask.  In its original off-Broadway run, Mitchell played Hedwig.

Harris, who had a career resurgence after taking a supporting role in CBS sitcom “How I Met Your Mother,” hosted this year’s Tonys and is hosting this year’s Emmys.  Mitchell’s currently working on a sequel to “Hedwig” and had a recurring role on the last season of “Girls.”

The one-man show, produced by David Binder (“Legally Blonde,” “33 Variations”), is set to premiere in April 2014.

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bob hawk

Choosing stage animal NPH for the long-awaited Broadway production HEDWIG is genius. I've seen him in the concert versions of SWEENY TODD and COMPANY, and on stage in PROOF, as Lee Harvey Oswald in ASSASSINS, and (most pertinently) as the Emcee in CABARET (more than once). He was fearless in the latter role, letting it all hang out while being utterly disciplined. That alone bodes well for his Hedwig, an exhausting bitch of a role. He seems to have bottomless energy, but his approaching this with fear (as quoted in another article) just shows how smart a guy he is. Can't wait.

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