Broadway is lucky to have the unbelievably talented Neil Patrick Harris starring in Hedwig and the Angry Inch at the Belasco Theatre.
The play, written by John Cameron Mitchell, with music and lyrics by Steven Trask, is a 1998 cult musical about an endearing tragic East German singer making the most of a botched sex change operation. The audience is brought along on the arduous but liberating journey told in the most beautiful, loud and exhilarating performance. One that you cannot walk away from without your heart beating fast, a new energy, and compassion for the variety of human life.
The music comes from the androgynous glam rock of the 70's, influenced by David Bowie, Lou Reed and Iggy Pop; a far cry from the jazz hands we have come to expect from the versatile triple threat. Harris never left the stage, commanding the audience with his funny and heartbreaking performance enhanced by one-of-a-kind lighting, graphics, special effects, gorgeous costumes and wigs.
If not for his name on the billboard, I would have never known it was Doogie Howser, M.D. and The How I Met Your Mother star flaunting his thin, toned body as he danced effortlessly in 4-inch heeled boots. Quite a departure and intense role for the 40-year-old dad of twin toddlers.
Besides the fun is the serious story of the divide between Communist East Germany and the democratic Western World, and the important message to be yourself and confident in who you want to be.
So, put on some makeup, turn up the eight track, pull the wig down from the shelf and get your tickets for Hedwig and the Angry Inch.
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