VIDEO: Neil Patrick Harris Talks Nerves About Acting in Drag for HEDWIG on CONAN
In a clip from tonight's Conan on TBS, guest Neil Patrick Harris (How I Met Your Mother) talks about his nerves approaching his role in HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH on Broadway; Conan warns Harris to eschew the use of duct tape on his junk. Click below to watch the segment!
Harris will star in the Broadway premiere of John Cameron Mitchell and Stephen Trask's musical Hedwig and the Angry Inch in the Spring of 2014. The remaining creative team members, additional casting, and the theatre will be confirmed at a later date, but the production will be directed by Tony winner Michael Mayer. The announcement that Neil Patrick Harris will play 'Hedwig,' follows his recent triumphant engagement as the host of the 67th Annual Tony Awards (the highest rated Tonys broadcast in more than a decade).
HEDWIG, a musical comedy about a fictional rock and roll band fronted by a transgender singer played by Neil Patrick Harris, 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. Rolling Stone called it "the Best Rock Musical Ever" in 2001. It won a 1998 New York Magazine Award and Entertainment Weekly's "Soundtrack of the Year" Award. Time Magazine named HEDWIG the Top Musical of 1998.
Neil Patrick Harris (Hedwig) Equally successful on stage and screen, Neil Patrick Harris currently stars as Barney Stinson in the hit CBS television series, "How I Met Your Mother," a role which has garnered him multiple Emmy and Golden Globe Award nominations. Harris is a three-time Emmy Award winner for his guest-starring role on "Glee" and as host of the 63rd and 65th Annual Tony Awards. He also served as host and producer of the 61st Primetime Emmy Awards, as well as the 66th and 67th Annual Tony Awards. Harris will next host and produce the upcoming 65th Primetime Emmy Awards.
From his film debut opposite Whoopi Goldberg in Clara's Heart and his seminal role as the beloved titular character in "Doogie Howser, M.D.," to his roles in the Harold & Kumar andThe Smurfs franchise films, Harris has enjoyed a successful career spanning more than 25 years in the industry. He is currently in production on the upcoming feature film, A Million Ways to Die in the West, with Seth MacFarlane, Charlize Theron, Liam Neeson, and Amanda Seyfried.
In addition to his numerous film and television credits, Harris has also enjoyed success in the theater. He most recently tackled the leading role of Bobby in the New York Philharmonic's concert version of Stephen Sondheim's Company. Harris has starred in three Broadway productions, including the dual role of The Balladeer/Lee Harvey Oswald in the Tony Award-winning production of Assassins. Harris made his Broadway debut as Anne Heche's unexpected suitor in Proof, and he later starred as the exuberant emcee in Cabaret at Studio 54. Among Harris' other theatrical credits include Amadeus (LA Philharmonic), All My Sons(Geffen Theater), tick, tick...BOOM! (Menier Chocolate Factory), The Paris Letter (Kirk Douglas Theater), Sweeney Todd (San Francisco Symphony Orchestra), Romeo and Juliet(Old Globe Theater), and Rent (Los Angeles touring production).
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