By Brandon Voss
Originally published on Advocate.com April 22 2014 12:30 PM ET
After wrapping nine seasons on the CBS sitcom How I Met Your Mother, Neil Patrick Harris is now rocking blond wigs and high heels in the Broadway premiere of Hedwig and the Angry Inch, which opens tonight at the Belasco Theatre.
Harris headlines John Cameron Mitchell and Stephen Trask's musical as Hedwig, an East German singer living as a female after gender-reassignment surgery, but the four-time Tony Awards host is no stranger to the New York stage.
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New York Philharmonic Concert, 2000
Harris played protective simpleton Tobias Ragg opposite Patti LuPone's Mrs. Lovett in this concert staging of Stephen Sondheim's classic musical about the demon barber of Fleet Street.
Walter Kerr Theatre, Broadway, 2002
Harris made his Broadway debut in David Auburn's Tony-winning drama. He followed Ben Shenkman and Josh Hamilton in the role of Hal, a brainy love interest for a mathematician's troubled daughter, played by Anne Heche.
Studio 54, Broadway, 2003
Harris was one in a long line of sexy, shirtless Emcees to follow Alan Cumming in the Tony-winning musical revival, sharing the stage with actresses like Deborah Gibson and Molly Ringwald as his Sally Bowles.
Studio 54, Broadway, 2004
Before HIMYM kept him busy for almost a decade, Harris starred as Lee Harvey Oswald in the Tony-winning Broadway premiere of Stephen Sondheim's controversial musical about presidential assassins, famous for the worst reasons.
New York Philharmonic Concert, 2011
Harris charmingly led this star-studded concert staging of Stephen Sondheim's concept musical as Bobby, an eternal bachelor with major commitment issues: "I could understand a person ... if he happened to be gay."