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Tony Award winners: Neil Patrick Harris wins best actor for ‘Hedgwig’

Neil Patrick Harris, winner of the award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical for “Hedwig and the Angry Inch”, poses in the Paramount Hotel Winners' Room at the 68th Annual Tony Awards on June 8, 2014 in New York City.
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Neil Patrick Harris has gone from Tony Awards host to Tony Award winner in just one year. The “How I Met Your Mother” alum took home the award for best actor on Sunday night for his portrayal of a German male transsexual rock singer in “Hedwig and the Angry Inch.” It was a role that presented great challenge for Harris and a role that has solidified him as one of today’s more versatile actors.

In accepting the award, Harris thanked those who helped him transcend into the role as well as his family, mainly his fiancée David Burtka for the sacrifices made for him to be able to tackle the role and maintain a busy schedule. And of course, Harris started off the speech with a bit of humor saying, “A year ago I was hosting the Tonys. This is crazy pants.”

Speaking of crazy and unpredictable, Harris performed a song from the show taking on his Hedwig persona at the 68th Tony Awards show at Radio City Music Hall. Dressed in a miniskirt and a blond feathered wig, the Emmy Award winner capped off a memorable and entertaining performance by giving Sting a lap dance and licking the glasses of Samuel L. Jackson much to the delight of the audience. In a role that was such a challenge for Harris, he was definitely comfortable in his own skin.

Before the show even began on Broadway, Harris revealed that he once battled internal conflict and "homophobic insecurities" when it came to gender roles and identity. He told The Los Angeles Times, “You have to be so comfortable in your skin as Hedwig, and I have no idea how to accomplish that yet.”

Needless to say, Neil Patrick Harris has accomplished that in a big way. In all, it was a great night for “Hedwig and the Angry Inch.” The Broadway hit about the glamour of a rock star after a botched sex change operation has gained many accolades as well as awards. On Sunday night, the show was named best revival of a musical.

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