Neil Patrick Harris as ‘Hedwig’ Shares Spit With Audience Member

By: Kimberly Ripley - July 13, 2014

Neil Patrick Harris spit water on a member of the audience as he took the stage as Hedwig in Hedwig and the Angry Inch on Broadway on Thursday night. The How I Met Your Mother star was in full drag in his role as Hedwig–a transvestite–when he apparently noticed a woman snapping photos of him from the audience. This is prohibited at Broadway (and many other) productions.

A source reports that about halfway through the production, Harris “leaned down into the audience and asked a woman, ‘Are you drunk?’ She waved her arms in the air and everyone assumed it was part of the act. Neil then berated her for taking photos, telling the audience she was sitting in seat 3A. He then sniffed, ‘I hate you,’ and turned on his high heels.”

Later in the production Neil Patrick Harris was supposed to spit some water into the audience as part of the play, but instead “he spat the water straight at the woman,” the source shared. “It was all a bit frosty and awkward. His anger was spectacular, especially the ‘I hate you’ bit. The audience went into a stunned silence. You could cut the atmosphere with a knife!”

A rep from the Broadway show reportedly told the New York Post that it was a planned spit.

“There is always an element of audience interaction in each show, and it is all in character,” the rep explained.

It certainly sounds as though Neil Patrick Harris had about enough of the woman’s incessant photo taking–as well as the fact that she wasn’t adhering to the theater rules. He might have even believed that if she was so enamored with this character that a little spit may have made her feel that much closer to his stage persona.

Of course Hedwig and the Angry Inch features lots of improv and this actually wasn’t the first time Neil Patrick Harris made news for seemingly inappropriate behavior. Last time it was for swearing at a member of the audience.

Neil Patrick Harris won a Tony Award for his role as Hedwig–so audience members aren’t that riled up over him swearing at and spitting upon them.

It’s uncertain how the woman in the audience responded to Harris’s spitting–but after all, what’s a little shared spit among friends? She wanted all those photos–right? Now she even has bona fide DNA.

Image via Wikimedia Commons

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Kimberly RipleyKimberly Ripley is a freelance writer and published author from Portsmouth, New Hampshire. A wife, mom of five and 'Nana' to Lilly and Aiden, she loves cooking for her big family and watching HGTV in her spare time. Kim is guilty of starting way more home design projects than she can finish. Visit her at Twitter and Facebook.

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  • SUBLIME

    She better go get checked.

    • jacksonm

      It’s obvious that you nothing about how things are transmitted. You come across as seriously uneducated. And the best part is, you don’t even realize it.

  • theTARDISisonfire

    Better AIDS than ignorance you close-minded moron.

  • theTARDISisonfire

    You’re a disgusting excuse for a human being.

    • bash0001

      Hey I’m not the one going around spitting on people. Something you seem to advocate.

      • jacksonm

        Quote where he advocated it. Oh wait, you can’t because he never did. He’s taking you to task for your words, and rightly so.

        You just proved the old adage “when you can’t attack the message, attack the messenger”.

        1) It’s an interactive show where almost anything can happen. Most people know this in advance.

        2) She was violating theatre policy and taking photographs. If she had followed the rules, this never would have happened to her.

        Why aren’t you addressing that at all?

        Oh, wait, we all know why, because the truth doesn’t interest you, being a petty little hater bitch does.

        • bash0001

          Hey Harris assaulted her, she didn’t assault him. But I wouldn’t expect your kind to acknowledge that much less care. You Fucks are assaulting the nation right now. You are assaulting everything most people hold dear.
          Calling me a bitch doesn’t bother me you fools think everything you can stick your dick in is a bitch. He’ll you even call each other bitch so it probably isn’t bad.