Neil Patrick Harris To Make His Return To Broadway In 'Hedwig And the Angry Inch'
NPH will return to Broadway after nearly a decade away when he take on the lead role in John Cameron Mitchell's cult show
After yet another successful job of hosting the Tony Awards, Neil Patrick Harris has finally found another job on Broadway other than presenting the annual awards gala for American theatre. The How I Met Your Mother-star will be appearing in the upcoming production of the rock opera Hedwig And the Angry Inch, in which the actor will play the East German transgender singer of the fake rock group.
Harris announced his return to Broadway for the first time since appearing in a 2004 revival of Stephen Sondheim's Assassins in a statement release don Monday (June 17). The actor, who has just turned forty, will star in John Cameron Mitchell's cult favourite at the Main Stem when it premieres in Spring 2014. Harris said in his statement that he is "simultaneously ecstatic and terrified to be stepping into Hedwig's heels. It is truly a once-in-a-lifetime role and I can't wait to begin the journey."
The play, which was adapted for the screen in 2001, follows the story of an East German transexual named Hansel who marries an American soldier and has a sex change to become a woman so that s/he can escape their traumatic past. The operation ends in failure and Hansel, who takes up the name Hedwig, is left genitalia-less and soon husbandless too, living in a trailer park in Junction City, Kansas at the same time the Berlin wall collapses and Germany is reunified. Hedwig then goes on to form the band Hedwig & The Angry Inch as they go out to find fame, fortune and retribution for the ills that have fallen before him in the past.
NPH's casting has so far been the only news to come from the future production, with additional casting, creative team members and directors to be announced at a future date.
NPH has been away from Broadway for nearly a decade
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