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Now that he has wiped all the glitter off his face from his successful Broadway run in Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Neil Patrick Harris is figuring out what to do next.

Are things finally getting back to normal, now that you’re done with Hedwig?It’s so funny — I thought when the show was over that I’d get to sleep in and have my life back, but as it turns out, this week, I’m getting up earlier because I don’t get to sleep in to protect my voice. And all the things I haven’t been able to schedule because I’ve been doing the show, now I have to actually do them! So now I’m looking forward to next week, when I can drink all day. [Laughs.] And, oh! Waffles! Waffles and chicken. I’ll just have waffles and chicken every day and gain some weight. That sounds delicious.

I’m amazed you did the whole run without an understudy, especially when you factor in how many people you were kissing in the audience and your increased chances of infection.Right?! I hear you. I ended up making out with 137 people. Which was not nearly as disturbing as the fact that I licked the stage, the floor of the stage, 137 times. That’s where most, if any, infection came from. I’ve never been on more handfuls of vitamins and trace minerals and pills. I think I did five rounds of antibiotics during the show? Just to make sure I was going to get through it. There were thousands of people who wanted to see the show, and I’m only there for a finite period of time, so I didn’t want to have to fall out, because that meant they would have to reschedule or not be able to see it, at least not with me.

Were you able to give Andrew Rannells any tips before he started? Or were you just like, “Good luck, dude!”I honestly … I thought that we would have more of a constant dialogue about the minutiae of the show. But then I quickly realized that Andrew has (a) already performed it once before, in Austin, Texas, back in 2002, I think? And (b) he’s super talented in his own right, and has already done Broadway shows. So the learning curve is more individual, and he doesn’t really need my help, to be honest! He’s going to be great. But he has an open invitation to call and ask me any little things as far as, “Where do you put your hands during that quick change?” and “How do you recover from this quickly?” I think I was blindly assuming that my way was the only way, [chuckles] which I think is a touch narcissistic, and I quickly realized once I wasn’t doing it anymore, Oh! I’m sure there’s another way to do that fast change, that quick change, without harming yourself. Hedwig, she is one tough cookie, and I will miss doing the show. That’s going to be one of the great things I get to take with me my whole life. It was just so physically transformative, and I’m only just now getting the hair back on my arms, and getting some weight back on my frame. You know what I mean? I’m now in recovery! I’m turning back into guy mode.
I can’t imagine transforming myself back … unless it was just singing? Some rock ‘n’ roll gigs? But even doing it, I don’t know what the exact tally was, almost 140 shows, the songs never got old to sing. Even if I was stressed vocally or in a bad place in my head, the songs are fantastic. So any opportunity to revisit singing those songs, I would definitely take it.


Maybe you’ll actually get to play a clairvoyant if you join American Horror Story: Freak Show for the role Ryan Murphy offered?Ah! Wouldn’t that be something?! Originally, I said I didn’t want to work for the second half of the year because of Hedwig, and [my husband] David [Burtka] is understandably wanting to hold me to that because I’ve been fairly busy and incommunicado for most of the last decade. I’m not complaining about it, but I’m not sure when Freak Show films. I just watched the end of American Horror Story: Coven, and not only is the content amazing, the conceit of the show, but the people that they have are extraordinary! Jessica Lange is so good! All of them, they’re all uniformly talented. So to get to play in that sandbox would be a great bucket-list moment. Who knows if it’s going to happen, but it’s cool to think that it might. Even if it doesn’t work out, I’ll be first in line. I’ll probably be the first person to watch it when it comes out. I can’t wait.

If you don’t have time for a full-on role, perhaps you could do a quick cameo? You could be the Stevie Nicks of Freak Show.I could be the what?! Oh, right! That’s a fantastic idea. That would be awesome. Ooooh … I do have a two-headed cow fetus in a jar in my office. [Laughs.] If that doesn’t prove my deep-seated love and commitment to all things freaks, I don’t know what does.


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Gideon, David Burtka, Neil Patrick Harris and Harper

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THEY ARE MARRIED!!!!!!!! IT”S OFFICAL!!!!!!!!!!! <3

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Aww, Aly tweeted Neil and David ☺️

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