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Neil Patrick Harris to return to Broadway - to act

Neil Patrick Harris is returning to the stage - and not to hand out awards.
The Straits Times - June 18, 2013
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Neil Patrick Harris to return to Broadway - to act

 

NEW YORK (AP) - Neil Patrick Harris is returning to the stage - and not to hand out awards.
The four-time Tony Award host and former Doogie Howser, MD actor will star on Broadway in the spring as the gender-bent rock chanteuse at the centre of Hedwig And The Angry Inch, the cult musical that was made into a cult movie.
The rest of the creative team members, cast, dates and the theatre will be announced later.
Written by John Cameron Mitchell and composer Stephen Trask, Hedwig was an unlikely hit fashioned out of a strange story: a tale of obsession, glam rock, a botched sex-change operation and a quest for identity.
Mitchell starred in an off-Broadway production that played for two years starting in 1998 in the dilapidated ballroom of an ancient Greenwich Village hotel and reprised the role in a 2001 film version.
In a statement, Mitchell said: "Who better to pass the wig to but the finest entertainer of his generation?"
Harris, the 40-year-old How I Met Your Mother star, has been featured in three Broadway productions, including Assassins, Proof and as the exuberant master of ceremonies in Cabaret.
In a statement, Harris said: "I am 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."

NEW YORK (AP) - Neil Patrick Harris is returning to the stage - and not to hand out awards.

The four-time Tony Award host and former Doogie Howser, MD actor will star on Broadway in the spring as the gender-bent rock chanteuse at the centre of Hedwig And The Angry Inch, the cult musical that was made into a cult movie.

The rest of the creative team members, cast, dates and the theatre will be announced later.

Written by John Cameron Mitchell and composer Stephen Trask, Hedwig was an unlikely hit fashioned out of a strange story: a tale of obsession, glam rock, a botched sex-change operation and a quest for identity.

Mitchell starred in an off-Broadway production that played for two years starting in 1998 in the dilapidated ballroom of an ancient Greenwich Village hotel and reprised the role in a 2001 film version.

In a statement, Mitchell said: "Who better to pass the wig to but the finest entertainer of his generation?"

Harris, the 40-year-old How I Met Your Mother star, has been featured in three Broadway productions, including Assassins, Proof and as the exuberant master of ceremonies in Cabaret.

In a statement, Harris said: "I am 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."

 

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