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First Look: Neil Patrick Harris as 'Hedwig'

Hedwig Neil Patrick Harris Poster - P 2013

Tony-winning director Michael Mayer will stage the Broadway production of John Cameron Mitchell's cult musical, beginning performances in March.

NEW YORK – Neil Patrick Harris is already licking his lips at the prospect of returning to Broadway next spring.

The How I Met Your Mother star on Tuesday unveiled the poster art on his Twitter account for the upcoming production of Hedwig and the Angry Inch, the cult musical in which he will play the title role of an East German transgender rocker searching for love and completeness in America.

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The image shows Harris in lascivious glam-rock mode, looking like he just stepped out of Velvet Goldmine, with glitter eye makeup and iridescent lips.

Written by John Cameron Mitchell, with music and lyrics by Stephen Trask, the 1997 musical was a long-running Off Broadway hit. Mitchell originated the title role on stage, and later directed and starred in the 2001 New Line movie adaptation. 

Directed by Michael Mayer, the Broadway production will begin previews on March 29 at the Belasco Theatre, with an official opening set for April 22.

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Mayer won a Tony Award for direction of a musical in 2007 for Spring Awakening. His other Broadway credits include the Green Day musical American Idiot, Thoroughly Modern Millie and On a Clear Day You Can See Forever.

Harris' last appearance in a Broadway show was in the Tony-winning 2004 revival of Stephen Sondheim and John Weidman's musical Assassins. Prior to that, he was seen as the Master of Ceremonies in Cabaret and in the David Auburn play Proof

He has served four times as host of the Tony Awards, Broadway's top honors, winning three Emmys for Outstanding Special Class Program.