Patti LaBelle Thought Neil Patrick Harris As Hedwig Was Just An Ugly Woman

patti-labelle1When the Inch came on. I said, ‘Gladys, that better have been a man, right?’ She said, ‘Patti, no you didn’t!’ I didn’t ­realize it was a boy. I thought it was an ugly woman!”


Legendary entertainer Patti LaBelle, who is apparently too busy performing on Broadway in After Midnight to have caught Neil Patrick Harris‘ transformation into Hedwig before experiencing it during the Tony Awards seated next to pal Gladys Knight, in an interview with Vulture

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  • Milk

    Patti gurl, Hedwig is a transgender person, not a drag queen. It’s trying to be a real woman in real life and not an exaggeration of fictional barbie doll. Drag queens imitate Patti but transgender women do not! There’s no illusion involve.

  • hotboyvb81

    Neil did make an ugly woman- JC Mitchell looked pretty good as Hedwig- differently better than Neil

  • Nowuvedoneit

    Maybe it’s a kind if a back handed compliment? That his persona as Hedwig actually was convincing enough for her that he came across as an ugly woman? Its it ok, meh I couldn’t name one song from her so i really don’t know or care about her either way.

  • Jonathan26

    I was lucky enough to see the original Hedwig at the Jane Street Theatre with JCM and my then boyfriend, now husband, and it was a transcendent experience. JCM was stunning and the show itself brilliant from start to finish.

  • Wilberforce

    I didn’t understand why they cast nph in this role, other than the usual, mindless celebrity worship of the mainstream community. I guess nph has a deep voice, which is the only reason I can see why he’s popular. The low standards of pop culture continue to amaze.

  • masc4masc

    Most men do tend to make ugly women (cranial structure and build), but she was obviously joking. Can’t believe some of u are taking this so seriously. Lighten up, “ladies”.

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  • siltor67

    well he does make an ugly woman…

  • Len John

    Really Patti? I’d love to see what you looked like before your nose job and without your wig. Scary!

  • inbama

    A sweet interview with a seventy year old Diva without a mean bone in her body, and who’s still hitting all the right notes.

    Screw y’all pathetic PC party-poopers.

  • jfabz

    @Nowuvedoneit: I bet you belt out to Lady Marmalade every time it’s on.

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