Playbill.com reports that How I Met Your Mother star, Neil Patrick Harris, will star in the Broadway premiere of Hedwig and the Angry Inch in spring 2014. Hedwig is a musical dramedy about a fictional band fronted by an East German transgender singer named Hedwig, and Harris will star in the title role.
Hedwig and the Angry Inch was created by John Cameron Mitchell and Stephen Trask, with Mitchell starring as Hedwig during most of the show’s two year run at Off-Broadway’s Jane Street Theatre. It premiered in 1998 and won the Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Off-Broadway Musical, while both Mitchell and Trask won Obies. Time named it the “Top Musical” of that year and Rolling Stone later called it the “Best Rock Musical Ever.” It was eventually made into a fairly successful indie movie as well.
“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.”
For his part, Mitchell seems thrilled by the choice. “Who better to pass the wig to but the finest entertainer of his generation?” he said in a statement. Composer Stephen Trask echoed that thought, adding, “It’s like you’re putting together a fantasy rock band and Paul McCartney agrees to play bass.”
Harris is no stranger to Broadway shows, having performed in Assassins, the New York Philharmonic production of Company, and a touring production of Rent. He has also hosted the 63rd and 65th Annual Tony Awards.
Additional information on casting, theater location, or if there will be any changes to the show since it’s Off-Broadway run have not yet been announced. Check out the opening number from the film version.