Hedwig and the Angry Inch took home the award for best revival of a musical at the 68th Tony Awards presented Sunday at Radio City Music Hall. Neil Patrick Harris hit it out the park with his portrayal of Hedwig, a dazzling German rockstar. Hedwig, directed by Tony Award winner Michael Mayer (Spring Awakening), is a story of an individual’s quest to self-define and come into one’s own true identity. The piece is humorous and extravagant yet has an air of unrelenting authenticity. Harris ripped the audience to shreds with an all-out musical performance like the Tony Awards had never seen before.
Neil Patrick Harris left the stage ablaze as he shocked the audience with his wild antics. For instance, that moment when he licked Samuel L. Jackson’s glasses and handed them back to him inspired a crowd-wide glare of amazement. And we certainly can’t forget how he twerked on Sting while he sat helpless in his chair. But Harris’ awesome humility in the midst of all the excitement was quite refreshing. While accepting his award, Harris commented on how amazing is was to receive an award after hosting the event just one year prior.
Reviews of Hedwig have been phenomenal, and the soundtrack is just as exhilarating. Check out original 1998 cast recording of Hedwig and the Angry Inch (also released by Atlantic Records) and be sure to pre-order your copy of the new cast recording featuring performances by Tony Award winners, Neil Patrick Harris & Lena Hall.