Neil Patrick Harris performed at last night’s 68th annual Tony Awards in his Broadway character Hedwig and kissed his husband David Burtka during the performance.
Neil Patrick Harris hosted last year’s Tony’s for the fourth time but decided this year to perform as Hedwig from his Broadway hit ‘Hedwig and the Angry Inch.’
The openly gay actor performed the song ‘Sugar Daddy’ from the musical and kissed his husband, gave a lap dance to Sting and stood over Orlando Bloom in a skirt.
Following the performance, Harris told The Hollywood Reporter that “one of the benefits of having hosted this show previously is, I can sneak around and get intel on who’s sitting where. They weren’t alerted that things were going to be happening to them – naughty, dirty things.”
His co-star from Hedwig, Lena Hall admitted that she was shocked by the performance.
She said: “I really actually don’t know – I’d imagine they’d have to get approval, but honestly, Hedwig does what Hedwig does, I can’t stop her from going out and accosting whoever she’s going to do that to.”
Harris won the Tony for Best Male Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical for his performance as Hedwig, a transgender rock star.
He admits that his Broadway character is a step out of his comfort zone saying: “It’s tough to strut around in high heels and not feel a fool, tough to manage a full wig of hair, to cock a wrist, to embrace a bra and not feel like you are somehow going to be exposed.
“But in a role like this, you have to commit. You can’t tiptoe, you have to bulldoze. And the more I trusted, the further I went, the better it felt. Now her mannerisms seem second nature.”
Hedwig and the Angry Inch was named best revival of a musical at last night’s annual award show.
Update: This article originally referred to the character Hedwig as a drag queen. It has been updated to reflect that the character is actually transgender.