First Look: Neil Patrick Harris in ‘Hedwig and the Angry Inch’


Thus far we've only seen his glittered-up face, and now EW is offering a full-length look at Neil Patrick Harris as transsexual East German rock star Hedwig in Broadway's Hedwig and the Angry Inch.

Said NPH to EW: “I’ve lost 20 pounds. I’m in the craziest couture outfits, and I’ve got all this makeup on. But they made me custom heels, so at least those fit well.”

On Friday we reported that the show's producers have announced a charitable partnership with the LGBT youth organization Hetrick-Martin Institute, in which a portion of the show's proceeds will go to the group, which runs the Harvey Milk School for at-risk youth.


  1. benjamin thomas says

    got my tickets already for weekend of 20th! seeing HEDVIG…at least once!
    very excited.

  2. Qj201 says

    anything post with drag, trans women, camp or less than “masculine” gay men brings out the hate on Troll Road

    Sad really.

  3. says

    this show is DIVINE. the film came out when i was still in high school and was my introduction to the show – and from my first viewing i was HOOKED.

    in fact, the DVD was one of the things my family and i bonded over – it became a staple for viewing whenever we got together. that soundtrack? if your heart isn’t exploding by the end of Origin of Love you might need to check your pulse.

    and by the time Hedwig launches into Midnight Radio ( the show’s equivalent to Bowie’s “Rock n’ Roll Suicide”) well…… there are no words :)

  4. Tyler says

    QJ201 – it doesn’t really bring out the hate. It’s mostly one transphobic, misogynist, homophobic, racist troll posting under several names, like Litper, Sam, Rick, Jason, MaryM, Enchantra, Uffda, David Hearne, Hagatha, Helene, etc.

  5. Derrick from Philly says

    @ “homophobic, racist troll posting under several names, like Litper, Sam, Rick, Jason, MaryM, Enchantra, Uffda, David Hearne, Hagatha, Helene, etc.”

    TYLER, you have a great memory. I forgot some of those creepy b.tches that Rick created. LOL

    Rick, I know it’s disappointing when you realize that your sex life is over. I’m dealing with it. But you don’t have to turn into a lunatic, honey. Get more porn!!!

  6. will says

    There are a couple good songs, but the show is more style than substance. It’s kind of a period piece now (it opened 16 years ago off-Broadway), like “La Cage Aux Folles”. If you’re not wowed by the androgynous, glam rock costumes, there’s not much left to the show.

  7. jmartindale says

    The film is one of my three favorite gay films, along with Priscilla and CRAZY. If you haven’t seen it, you are missing a great flick!

  8. Dave M. says

    Correction, Sam: Hedwig is not about gays or gay rights. It is about a sad boy who has his genitals partially cut off. That is the title’s reference to the “angry inch” – the inch of tissue that remains. The lead character grows up to be a weirdo who tries to be a woman. Previously, Hedwig had been played by straight actors and at least one straight actress.

    So this is really about a healthy, talented, successful gay man who is playing a pathetic, mutilated “transgender”, a nice contrast and one which will likely subvert the ideology of LGBT, which falsely equates being gay with being transsexual.

  9. Tyler says

    Rick, so you’re posting the same transphobic rant under Dave M. now. If anyone is pathetic, it’s you. And only you.

    We all know you hate T people because they have the courage to be exactly who they are in full view of the world and you’re (what Kiwi likes to refer to you as) a eunuch. Powerless, weak, sad.

    Rick/Jason/David Hearne/Roger/Sam/Litper/Uffda/MaryM/Hagatha/Enchantra, and now Dave M, perhaps if you weren’t so repetitive and predictable, you’d troll better. But you’re too bitter, hateful and lazy to get away with anything.

  10. Derrick from Philly says

    @ “Correction, Sam: Hedwig is not about gays or gay rights.”

    Silly Azz.

    It is a beloved cult film appreciated by Gay audiences as well as others. Gay men were the first ones to tell me about “Hedwig”.

    I wish NPH much success with this play.

  11. says

    @ Dave M: “Previously, Hedwig had been played by straight actors and at least one straight actress.”

    Perhaps some of the performances. But the play was written by a gay man, John Cameron Mitchell, who originated the titular role in the first production and also starred in the film adaptation. And every performance I’ve seen has starred a gay man in that role. If you’re trying to imply that Neil is unusual for being a gay man in that role, you’re incorrect. If that’s not what your trying to suggest, I honestly can’t figure out the relevance of what you’re saying.

  12. Dave M. says

    Icarus, my point was that this is not a gay play. The story is not about being gay and the lead has not been considered a gay part sought out by or steered to gay actors. I don’t know who played Hedwig when you saw it, but the actor who pioneered the role is Donovan Leitch, a straight man.

    Derrick, um, so what? Lots of things are beloved by gay audiences. That doesn’t mean that those things are about gays or gay rights. I believe that many gays are fond of opera. That doesn’t mean that opera is about gays or gay rights.

    Tyler, if you honestly think that all those commenters are one person, then you are truly clueless. Some of those people vehemently disagree with others. I don’t care at all for MaryM or Rick and had a flame war with the latter. As far as I know, the only person who has been proven to be a lying sock puppet is Kiwi, who was caught red-handed about 2 weeks ago. You know Kiwi, aka, you?

  13. Mawm says

    Will, I disagree. The music is awesome, and definitely not a “period piece”, since trans issues are becoming much more talked about in the mainstream nowadays.

    I also think there are a lot of people in the mainstream who have never even heard of Hedwig.

  14. SpaceCadet says

    If I go to NYC I would be sure to check it out. The movie was great and NPH is multi-talented.

  15. Tyler says

    Oh Dave, please prove that I’m Kiwi. Have proof that Rick and MaryM are the same person, and the same goes for his other aliases. Don’t be willfully ignorant.

  16. Kenneth says

    Dave M. and all of your other aliases, you are talking out of your back side. It was written by John Cameron Mitchell and Stephen Trask, both gay men. While JCM is not transexual, he did grow up in Berlin, the son of a high ranking military official, so there are many autobiographical elements to the story. You are correct that it isn’t a “gay” story. It is a universal story about self discovery, the search for love and understanding. It was not pioneered by Donovan Leitch, it was co-written, workshopped, and ultimately brought to stage and screen – by what other standard would you need for this to meet your definition of “pioneered?” – by John Cameron Mitchell, a gay man.