Neil Patrick Harris Set To Star In 'Hedwig' On Broadway in Spring of 2014
Neil Patrick Harris has made no secret that he wants to return to Broadway after his long run as the womanizing Barney Stinson on TV’s “How I Met Your Mother” wraps up. Now he’s making good on the promise, aiming to star in a Broadway production of the musical “Hedwig and the Angry Inch” in the spring of 2014, the producers of the show announced on Monday.
Mr. Harris, who has won raves — and an Emmy Award — as the tireless host of the Tony Awards, will play the title character, an East German-born, transgender rock singer. The production will be the first Broadway mounting of the show, which features a book by John Cameron Mitchell and music and lyrics by Stephen Trask. Mr. Mitchell starred as Hedwig in the original production Off Broadway in 1998 and recreated his role when he directed the 2001 film adaptation.
David Binder, a producer of “Legally Blonde” and “33 Variations,” is the lead producer for “Hedwig.” A creative team, additional casting and a Broadway theater are still to be announced. Mr. Harris was last on Broadway in the 2004 revival of “Assassins”; his other Broadway credits include “Proof” and “Cabaret.”
he has no other career options. only broadway wants teh gays.
Oh, good. Because you just don't see Neil Patrick Harris in enough stuff.
Won't that smug asshole just go away?
Does John Cameron Mitchell not want to do it, or are the producers insisting on someone younger?
This will be successful. The film has a cult following and NPH is well cast.
He's gay. We hate him.
Since David wants to return to Broadway, will Neal get him a part in this?
I'd love to see them both in a play together. I'll love to see Neil on his own, but David would make a nice addition.
I can't believe the cuntitude on display here.
I fucking hate that show.
A cute white gay male should not be degraded like he was a gay minority or a lesbian OP.
You see all the delicate flowers you've now upset?
I don't ever have to see this again but it is a good role for him. He could have chosen something safe like Music Man.
I sense a lot of the closeted flyovers posting here hate on Neil because he is out, talented and seemingly happy.
I realize good LGBT roles aren't exactly commonplace but if this is the best NPH can find, he should stick to sitcoms.
If the film is an accurate representation of the play, this is rock-bottom stuff, not even enjoyable on a camp level.
For the uninitiated, Hedwig concerns a German tranny with a botched sex-change operation (thus the "angry inch" of the title). She takes a position as a governess and molests her male charge who, later, steals her music and becomes a rock star. And that's about it, folks.
There isn't a single sympathetic character, all of whom are bitter and unpleasant. Nonetheless, this bleak mess struck a nerve with the more cynical contingent of DLers. Perhaps they found in it a reflection of their own bitter and unpleasant lives.
[quote]He's gay. We hate him.
No, R6. We don't hate him. Meanwhile take your hate trolling and shove it where the sun don't shine.
Why on earth revive this play?!? it's charms are few, and I don't see it as a good fit for NPH, who is eager to charm, while Hedwig is eager to repel. Maybe they're trying to turn it into a Rocky Horror kind of phenomenon? Fine, then do it off Broadway; that play just doesn't belong on a Broadway stage.
[quote]If the film is an accurate representation of the play, this is rock-bottom stuff, not even enjoyable on a camp level.
Actually, it's all done in one real time concert with Hedwig telling his story thru talk and songs, but thanks for judging it without seeing it anyway. Oh and the show played almost three years Off-Broadway so SOME people enjoyed it.
Bitch & moan, it isn't like any of you are going to haul your fat asses out of Bumfuke to see it.
The movie sucks. The ending especially.
I think he wants to try for some "serious cred" beyond the cutesy, overblown musical comedy and sitcom stuff. He is a fully formed human being, after all. A grown man. Not the gay stepinfetchit that he is perceived as by some.
Theater queens in the fourms are in an a uproar, saying he's wrong for the part. Of course that's ludicrous, since his type is very much like John Cameron Mitchell who co-wrote ans starred in the damn thing, and if Mitchell were ten years younger would be up for the same parts. They want him in a simple, safe revival of the snooze fest "Barnum". They just hate it when their casting "brilliance" is ignored.
I wasnt a big fan of the movie, I like NPH but I think there were better career moves. Oh well, if that's what he wants to do.
I like him, but he just doesn't seem right for this. I hope he surprises me.
Well someone tell me when is it my turn?
Don't I get a show for myself?
David B. at home playing Yatzee with Gideon
The role is a stretch for Neil, but that's exactly what he needs in his career now. He just turned 40, and he won't be able to do all that running around he does while hosting too much longer.
Will he be playing Yitzhak?
I really love the show and would see it wherever, whenever. I'm not the biggest NPH fan but I'll be there regardless.
Wow, so much hate for Hedwig. It's ending is messy, but for the most part, it's a hilarious and touching show with some great music. My guess is the pussies on this board can't deal with distorted guitars.
Having said that, Neil is too porky and too male to be a good Hedwig. Hedwig needs to be "a slip of a girly boy." Not a smiley, muscley celebre-gay.
He always wants to do things where he can showboat. I prefer him in supporting roles: "Frightened Inmate #2," for example.
[quote]he has no other career options. only broadway wants teh gays.
[quote]Oh, good. Because you just don't see Neil Patrick Harris in enough stuff. by: violent eye roll
[quote]Won't that smug asshole just go away?
An openly gay celebrity!!! Attack!! Attack!!!!!!
The piece worked far better onstage than it did on film since it's done in the format of a live concert, so a revival is a good idea.
As for NPH, he's really NOT the same type as John Cameron Mitchell, who has more of an edgy, downtown vibe going for him (or the facsimile of that vibe). Can you imagine NPH directing a film like SHORTBUS?
The potential problem with NPH is that he's worked so very long in a sitcom format since he was a kid. That can calcify your acting style to the point where it's hard to do anything else well. I wish him luck with this as he could use a game-changer role.