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Neil Patrick Harris to Do a "Lot of Shaving and Tucking" for Gender-Bending Hedwig and the Angry Inch

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Neil Patrick Harris, John Cameron Mitchell, Hedwig and the Angry Inch
Neil Patrick Harris, John Cameron Mitchell, Hedwig and the Angry Inch Getty Images, New Line Cinema

Neil Patrick Harris is getting in touch with his feminine side for his upcoming turn in the Broadway adaptation of Hedwig and the Angry Inch.

"I'm going to have to do a lot of shaving and tucking," Harris said yesterday at the L.A. premiere of The Smurfs 2.

He sure is!

Neil Patrick Harris, Tony Awards Heather Wines/CBS

Earlier this summer, it was announced that the How I Met Your Mother actor will star in the musical as Hedwig, an East German transgender singer and leader of a rock-and-roll band.

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So can fans expect to see NPH struttin' around the stage in a sky-high stilettos?

"I'm hoping they're going to be platform shoes and not proper heels," Harris said. "I think [show cocreator and original star John Cameron Mitchell] in Hedwig originally wore boots 'cause it's a lot of stomping and jumping around. We'll see."

Hedwig first premiered off-off-Broadway in New York in 1998 before moving to off-Broadway. Mitchell starred in a movie adaptation in 2001.

Tony Award-winning actor Michael Cerveris, former Brat Pack member Aly Sheedy and Rent star Anthony Rapp are just a few of the actors who have portrayed Hedwig on stage.

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Hedwig is scheduled to open on Broadway next spring.

"I am simultaneously ecstatic and terrified to be stepping into Hedwig's heels," Harris said when the project was announced. "It is truly a once-in-a-lifetime rolea, and I can't wait to begin the journey."

Harris is no stranger to the stage. Not only has he hosted the Tonys but he starred opposite Anne Heche in the drama Proof and played the Emcee in Cabaret in 2003.

Harris recently told E! News that he and his family—partner David Burtka and their twins, Harper and Gideon—are planning to relocate from Los Angeles to New York.

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