According to Page Six, one female audience member got a bit too excited during last Saturday’s performance of the Broadway musical, which features Harris in drag as the titular character. The lady yelled out, “I love you, Neil” right in the middle of the production. The original Page Six report claimed Neil Patrick Harris responded in character by cursing out the fan.
But that is only part of the Neil Patrick Harris cursing story. Per Gossip Cop, Harris-as-Hedwig actually made light of the disruption, asking “Who’s Neil? I’m not Neil.” He then asked another character, Lena Hall’s Yitzhak, “Are you Neil? You better not be Neil.” Only then did Harris jokingly curse out the fan, telling her, “I’m doing something up here, motherf—er!”
“Hedwig is a cheeky character and every night Neil interacts with the audience,” the spokesman told TheWrap. “This is totally in the spirit of the character and show and every night the audience eats it up,” he said.
And Neil Patrick Harris himself tweeted that this Hedwig improv was all in good fun.
“It seems my Hedwig improvs are making news, but one should have the full story/context,” he wrote, linking to the aforementioned Gossip Cop story.
— Neil Patrick Harris (@ActuallyNPH) April 20, 2014
Indeed, the audience did appreciate Neil Patrick Harris’ ad-libbed response to the screaming fan. The star’s actions reportedly led to loud cheers from the crowd.
Hedwig and the Angry Inch tells the fictional story of the transgender leader of a rock band. The musical first debuted Off-Broadway in 1998 and starred John Cameron Mitchell, who also co-wrote the script. Mitchell then revived the character in the 2001 film of the same name, which earned him a Golden Globe nomination. The Neil Patrick Harris production of Hedwig is currently in previews and officially opens on April 22.