How I Met Your Mother star Neil Patrick Harris, who is openly gay but who has never played a gay character, will do so for the first time when he stars in the title role in the Broadway revival of Hedwig and the Angry Inch next year, 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. The musical by John Cameron Mitchell and Stephen Trask, which premiered off-off-Broadway in 1997 and in 1998 began a two-year off-Broadway run at the Jane Street Theater, begins with a gay American soldier and an East German rock singer named Hansel falling in love, but in order for them to leave the country together, Hansel must undergo a sex-change operation and marry the soldier. The operation is bungled. leaving Hansel, now named Hedwig, with a one-inch mound of flesh between her legs. Mitchell, who also starred in the original stage and film version, said, Who better to pass the wig to but the finest entertainer of his generation? And David Binder, he original producer of Hedwig, said, I have always felt that John and Stephen's musical is a masterpiece and deserved to be seen by wider audiences. Neil Patrick Harris is a consummate stage performer who knows how to rock -- there is no one better to play the role of Hedwig on Broadway.