Andrew Rannells will replace Neil Patrick Harris in ‘Hedwig and the Angry Inch’ in August. Here’s a preview!
I was not able to watch Sunday night but watching this two days later is just as good. Neil Patrick Harris won Best Actor in a Musical at this year’s Tonys, and here is his performance during the live broadcast.
He even gave partner David Burtka a live smooch.
BTW, while the soundtrack is not yet available, you can listen to the entire show here.
Former teen heartthrob Neil Patrick Harris undresses and talks with Rolling Stone:
On how coming out helped — rather than hurt — his career: “Once all the cards were on the table, I got more opportunities than ever,” Harris says. “Some actors don’t get hired because you can’t look into their soul and see what they’re like, because they’re kept guarded.”
On how coming out to his family was more difficult than telling the public: Harris’ brother, Brian, recalls that the actor took a gradual approach to telling him that he was gay. “It was three conversations,” he said. “First he goes, ‘I just don’t think I’m going to date, really, for a while.’ And he had some bad luck with the girls he dated early on. Probably because he was gay! And then we had a different conversation about how he likes girls, but he kind of likes guys too. And we had another conversation after that: He likes guys.”
On his huge following of straight guys who abide by Barney Stinson’s “Bro Code”: Straight dudes can’t seem to stop trying to high-five Harris. They call him Barney, they drop Harold and Kumar references. “So many frat guys,” Burtka says. “It doesn’t seem right, in a way. But it’s very exciting at the same time.”
On the drugged-out version of himself in Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle as the turning point in his career: “Who knew that three days on a funny stoner comedy would alter my track record the way it did?” Harris says.
On having to play the effeminate Hedwig: “I didn’t think he could pull off the femininity of [the role],” Burtka says. “This is such a stretch for him. In his day-to-day, he’s not a very feminine guy.” Harris, too, said that he had always been aware of how he presented himself, especially in his Doogie years. “I have always been highly aware of how I was presenting myself,” Harris admits. “Which, now that I’m playing overtly feminine and loving it, is kind of a stupid concern.
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It’s obvious from the first moments of “Hedwig and the Angry Inch” that star Neil Patrick Harris is doing something special. And it’s not just trying on a new role.
He is lowered to the stage in a jumpsuit and ferociously feathered blond wig and immediately begins the show’s first rock-punk song, getting down on all fours, grinding into the microphone stand or licking the guitarist’s strings.
The crowd inside of the Belasco Theatre, where the show opened Tuesday, loses its mind, and why not? “Thank you! Thank you, you’re so sweet,” Harris says. “I do love a warm hand on my entrance.”
Neil-Patrick-Harris-Hedwig-2Before our eyes, Harris is opening another chapter in his exceptional show business career with this 90-minute show and he simply crushes it, holding nothing back, softening no edges, making no nice.
Doogie Howser is long gone; the macho, tie-wearing Barney Stinson in “How I Met Your Mother” has left the building. That guy in “The Smurfs” film franchise is nowhere to be found, especially not strutting around in a pair of gold stilettos.
Harris, of course, plays Hedwig, a transgender East German performer who explains her tortured path from Berlin to a mobile home in Kansas to New York. Along the way, she has lost a piece of her manhood (the remainder is the rest of the show’s title.)
The show has a renovated book by John Cameron Mitchell — who also played the first Hedwig — and songs by Stephen Trask that straddle the line between rock ‘n’ roll and traditional musical theater. A cult off-Broadway hit in 1998, “Hedwig” led to a 2001 feature film and has seemingly been waiting for Harris ever since.
Director Michael Mayer has been twice blessed. He has an undervalued score — some of the 10 songs here like “Wicked Little Town,” ”Origin of Love” and “Wig in a Box” deserve to be on iPods everywhere — and a stunning leading man who is willing to eat cigarettes and lick the stage (“Tastes like Kathy Griffin,” he comments after putting tongue to wood).
Mayer harnesses both beautifully, allowing Harris in a jean miniskirt to explore his natural exuberance but keeping the show about Hedwig, a feisty piece of show business flotsam or, as she admits, an “internationally ignored song stylist.” Harris sings with real feeling, whether it’s a torch song on a stool while dressed in a little cocktail dress or rocking out a head-banging tune by attacking the scenery.
Mitchell may not be Hedwig anymore, but he has given Harris new dialogue perfectly suited to the new star: Digs at the ultra-hip Jane Hotel in New York, John Mayer and dating site ChristianMingle, as well as a new recurring joke about Broadway itself: Hedwig makes fun of the fictional “Hurt Locker: the Musical,” which “opened last night and closed at intermission.” (Not to worry, old jokes like the fragrance “Atrocity By Hedwig” are still there.)
Again, I would give away my left nut to see this show.
Annie Leibovitz photographs Neil Patrick Harris in the new GQ. The accompanying article covers Harris’ rise from child star to sex symbol in anticipation of his role in the upcoming production of Hedwig and the Angry Inch:
Neil Patrick Harris at age 20, on the other side of four years as Doogie Howser, M.D. This is usually where the tabloid headlines start. A child star in a well-loved show? Welcome to oblivion. People will shout “Hey, Doog!” in the streets; VH1 will come calling when it’s time for I Love the 90s. What does N.P.H. do? He doubles down on his passions: magic and musical theater. Works at both (becomes president of the Magic Castle, in L.A.; stars in Rent, Cabaret, Assassins, Company) until he’s a revered practitioner in both fields. Adds a fiendishly funny dose of self-awareness (a scene-devouring role as himself in Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle that makes the world say, “Holy sh*t, how awesome is that guy!”).
I, for one, am excited to see Hedwig on Broadway. Check out the behind-the-scenes video below of the new Broadway musical. The GMA interview also features John Cameron Mitchell and Stephen Trask (the original Hedwig team). Watch below….
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On March 15, after his first week of rehearsals, Neil Patrick Harris made a surprise appearance at the Mercury Lounge in the Lower East Side to sing a few songs from Hedwig for the first time in public. The YouTube poster writes: “I was way in the back, and it was hard to shoot decent video, so after one song I decided to enjoy myself and not record it… but if you weren’t there, here was all I captured before that decision… enjoy!”
I would take a look before it is taken down (below). I am so excited to see this show and will do ANYTHING to get tickets…!!!
You know these tickets will be impossible to get.
It has been announced that Neil Patrick Harris will play the lead in John Cameron Mitchell’s ‘Hedwig and the Angry Inch’ on Broadway in 2014:
“I am simultaneously ecstatic and terrified to be stepping into Hedwig’s heels,” Harris said in a statement. “It is truly a once-in-a-lifetime role and I can’t wait to begin the journey.”
Hedwig and the Angry Inch is a musical comedy about a fictional rock ‘n’ roll band fronted by a transgender singer. The production began Off Off-Broadway at Westbeth and then ran over two years at the Jane Street Theatre beginning in February 1998. The musical won the Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Off-Broadway Musical, and both John Cameron Mitchell and Stephen Trask won Obies. Hedwig and the Angry Inch won a 1998 New York Magazine Award and Entertainment Weekly’s “Soundtrack of the Year” Award.