Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Neil Patrick Harris Is Hedwig


Gay icon Neil Patrick Harris is gracing the cover of April’s Out Magazine talking about his move to theatre starring as Hedwig, an East German transgender glam rock singer, in Hedwig & the Angry Inch. Talking about his insecurities playing Hedwig Harris stated, “Hedwig is bringing up a lot of super insecure things within me. I have never thought drag was intoxicating, I’ve never had a fun drunken Halloween in drag, never been in heels, really. I’ve lived my whole life being attracted by masculinity – it’s why I like guys. I’m not a super effete person, & I have to turn into that, & in doing so it brings up a lot of homophobic insecurities within myself.” On persuading his Hedwig producers to skip the traditional Wednesday matinee Harris added, “What I didn’t want is to do a matinee and 20 minutes in, have whole groups of people getting up, turning down their hearing aids, & walking out. That would distress me, because part of Hedwig is Iggy Pop in all of his f--ked-up glory. So I’m looking forward to squatting down in front of the first row and having people spit in my mouth. It’s that kind of show. I’m anxious, on night, to fall backwards & be led on my back by people with their hands outstretched. I don’t think that will ever happen, but that’s the vibe I’m looking for – that’s the vibe I have to embrace. I don’t f--king care – you gotta go to a nasty place.” Hedwig previews begin on March 29th & opening night is April 22nd at the Belasco Theatre in NYC. Read Full Out Mag Story… 
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