Don your platinum blond Farrah Fawcett wig and your four-inch heels and run to the Bellasco theater in NYC to buy tickets to see Neil Patrick Harris in Hedwig and the Angry Inch. He is a revelation in one of my favorite musicals, a 100 minute no intermission intimate extravaganza featuring NPH, one other actor and an amazing rock/punk bands.
Not surprisingly, Harris' comic timing is sharper than a diamond stiletto (heel) and you'll laugh non-stop from the moment he takes stage until the poignant, moving denouement. We already know he has an excellent singing voice, and he seduces you with his subtle acting until you are entranced by his nuanced performance.
John Cameron Mitchell and Stephen Trask have slightly updated the script and songs respectively, since its triumphant Off-Broadway (and around the world) two-year run, though if you're a Hedhead, you'll be intoxicated from the first chord. And who knew that Harris was so hot?
My favorite song is "The Origin of Love," a retelling of Aristophanes' speech from Plato's Symposium* that is lyrical, wistful, with a wonder-inducing staging including beautiful and clever animation staged on multiple planes of set and scrim.
My friend David Binder produced the original show and this revival he could well win a Tony for best revival (jinx). Harris is a shoe-in to be nominated for best Actor, and the sets and lighting should also get nods.
It opens Monday and after that all the tickets will sell out quickly in its limited run. Based on the uproarious crowd reception and shooting ovation, get yours now.
*Aristophane's discourse well worth readinghttp://www.anselm.edu/homepage/dbanach/sym.htm