Theatre

Tonys Countdown Special: #3

A day late, but here and now, the 3rd best Tony-winning performance of the past decade is…drum roll please…

NEIL PATRICK HARRIS (Hedwig and the Angry Inch, 2014)

Irony at its finest: the first time in forever that NPH doesn’t host the Tony Awards, and he actually wins one of the evening’s biggest prizes. It was a tight race between him and Jefferson Mays, who played six different roles in A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder, but ultimately Harris’s turn as a German trans singer gave him the edge. (For the record, if Mays had won, he too would have made my list; both performances were equally stunning.) If you aren’t Hedwig-savvy, here’s the scoop: it originated as an Off-Broadway show written by and starring John Cameron Mitchell, who would reprise his iconic role in a cult musical film and later in this same Broadway production. The character of Hedwig goes through emotional traumas and dynamic self-journeying, all set to hard rock music.

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