Fans have been clamoring for it, and now it’s official: Theater Man of the Month and all-around consummate entertainer Neil Patrick Harris will be returning to Broadway next spring, starring as the transgender fictional rock fronter Hedwig in the musical Hedwig and the Angry Inch.
“I am simultaneously ecstatic and terrified to be stepping into Hedwig’s heels,” said Harris, who was last seen on stage in the New York Philharmonic’s concert version of Stephen Sondheim’s Company, in a release. “It is truly a once-in-a-lifetime role and I can’t wait to begin the journey.”
“Who better to pass the wig to but the finest entertainer of his generation?” said John Cameron Mitchell, who wrote the book and starred in the original stage and film productions of Hedwig, in a release. “It’s like you’re putting together a fantasy rock band and Paul McCartney agrees to play bass,” said composer Stephen Trask.
Hedwig was the talk of the theater world when it originally premiered off-off-Broadway in 1997, before transferring to off-Broadway and running for two years. The musical won the Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Off-Broadway Musical and both Mitchell and Trask won Obies; Entertainment Weekly named the soundtrack – which you can sample here – Soundtrack of the Year in 1998. The show was subsequently turned into a 2001 movie, which Mitchell directed and starred in.
Hedwig will open on Broadway in spring 2014, and no additional casting or ticketing information has been announced.