Neil is one of the hosts of the Disney Parks Christmas Day Parade Special, which taped at Walt Disney World at the weekend. The show airs on ABC-TV on Christmas Day. Disney Parks Blog has a sneak peek here.
Congratulations to Neil and his fellow HIMYM cast members on their People’s Choice 2014 nominations. Neil has been nominated for Favorite Comedic TV Actor, whilst the show has been nominated for Favorite network TV Comedy. Ted, Marshall and Barney also feature in the Favorite TV Bromance category.
Cast your vote here and remember you can vote as many times as you like! Winners will be announced on January 8th.
In other news, a reminder that Neil will once again be a narrator at Walt Disney World’s Candlelight Processional, appearing on 2nd and 3rd December. More information is available here.
At the recent Disney D23 Expo, it was announced that Neil would be one of the voices for Pixar’s “The Good Dinosaur”, which is due for release on 30th May 2014. The film focuses on a family of Apatosaurs in a world where dinosaurs survived and live alongside humans. The lead character, Arlo, will be voiced by Lucas Neff whilst Neil and Judy Greer play his siblings Cliff and Ivy. John Lithgow and Frances McDormand round out the family.
I’m still working on my Comic-Con photos (sorry!!) but in the meantime, Neil was a guest on Conan earlier in the week and you can watch some video clips at teamcoco.com.
In this clip Neil talks about his nerves about performing in drag for his upcoming role as Hedwig in Hedwig and the Angry Inch, and here they chat about Neil & David’s friendship with Elton John and David Furnish.
In the last clip, Neil talks about how the Smurfs are like crack.
Neil will be starring in the Broadway premiere of Hedwig and the Angry Inch in spring 2014. Full details regarding dates, venue and additional casting are still to be announced.
Neil Patrick Harris will star in the Broadway premiere of John Cameron Mitchell and Stephen Trask’s landmark 1998 musical Hedwig and the Angry Inch in spring 2014.
The production will be directed by Tony Award winner Michael Mayer (Spring Awakening, American Idiot).
“I am simultaneously ecstatic and terrified to be stepping into Hedwig’s heels,” Harris said in a statement. “It is truly a once-in-a-lifetime role and I can’t wait to begin the journey.”
John Cameron Mitchell, who wrote the book and starred in the original stage and film productions of Hedwig, said in a statement about Harris playing the title role, “Who better to pass the wig to but the finest entertainer of his generation?” Composer Stephen Trask said, “It’s like you’re putting together a fantasy rock band and Paul McCartney agrees to play bass.”
Neil Patrick Harris is turning 40, if you can believe it, and we’re ready to spend the day watching everything NPH that we can find – but first, let’s take a look back at his fabulous life and amazing career!
Neil Patrick Harris is an American singer, producer, actor, and perhaps most surprisingly, magician. He was born in Albuquerque, New Mexico, to parents who own a restaurant. While he attended La Cueva High School, he sang and acted in both plays and musicals. He graduated as an honors student in 1991.
His career started as a child, when he was discovered by Mark Medoff, a playwright, at drama camp. Medoff cast him in his 1988 film Clara’s Heart, for which Harris received a Golden Globe nomination. His first major film role was as an adult in the 1995 film Animal Room, but he actually played a teenager in this role.
In 1989, the 15 year old Harris landed the title role on ABC’s Doogie Howser, M.D., which still stands as one of his best known television roles to date. In addition to his TV and film roles, and the occasional Broadway appearance, Harris has also become immensely popular for hosting television shows and appearing in various musical numbers, often in character as an exaggerated version of himself. He has hosted the TV Land Awards, the Emmy Awards, and the Tony Awards, and he even performed a surprise musical number at the 82nd Academy Awards.
As an adult actor, Neil Patrick Harris, is probably best known to most people for his role as Barney Stinson on How I Met Your Mother. Legend has it that Harris assumed he was a long shot for the role when he was asked to audition, so he mostly just played around and goofed off – but the executive in charge of casting enjoyed his playful nature and quickly offered him the part. Barney Stinson is known for obsessively wearing suits, being an all-around womanizer, and for trying to get laid anytime he can, and Harris plays the part with panache.
Harris has described Barney as an instigator who starts crazy situations then backs off and lets everybody else deal with the aftermath. Barney is an avid lover of magic, and often performs tricks with fire, which typically only serves to annoy his friends. Harris himself shares this characteristic with his character, and even sits on the board of the Magic Castle in LA, a kind of Academy of Magical Arts. Barney Stinson is perhaps most well-known for some of his catchphrases, which recur again and again on the show, like “Suit up!”, “Legen…wait for it…dary!”, and “Challenge accepted!”.
Another Neil Patrick Harris fan favorite, Doctor Horrible’s Sing-a-long Blog, came about because of the writer’s strike that took How I Met Your Mother off the air for a period in 2008. Doctor Horrible’s Sing-A-Long Blog is in the form of a mini-series in three acts, and features Harris playing an aspiring supervillain known as Dr. Horrible. His catch phrase is “I’ve got a PhD in Horribleness” and his life goal is to join the Evil League of Evil, use his inventions to take over the world, and use his inventions to further social change for the betterment of humanity. The movie, as of 2010, has grossed over $3 million (you can watch an unofficial upload of the whole movie here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=esiIFLI3ryI)
At the age of 40, Harris has already had a fabulous career. His recent gig as repeat host of the Tony Awards was another huge success, and he already has three films slated for release in 2014, which will also mark the final season of How I Met Your Mother, so the future is bright!
Happy 40th Birthday, Neil Patrick Harris!
Author Bio: Spencer Blohm is a freelance entertainment blogger currently working for www.directtvdeal.com. Thanks to a long-term addiction to watching television, he has enjoyed much if not all of Neil Patrick Harris’ work through the years. He also maintains the belief that much like a fine wine, Neil has just gotten better with age. He would like to that the lovely people at NPH-fan.com for allowing him to share his love of all things NPH.
Happy birthday Neil!
There’s still time to donate a dollar or two to our 40th Birthday Project for Neil, raising money for Alex’s Lemonade Stand foundation. Go here to find out more and donate – and enjoy watching (or rewatching) Neil’s fantastic Tony Awards opening number that we’ve embedded below.
As How I Met Your Mother enters its ninth season, the cast and crew will be in attendance at San Diego Comic Con in late July for the very first time. The show was on the list of announced Fox panels for this year’s event, and the panel will be taking place on the Saturday of the con (July 20th).
HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER:
For the first time ever, the hit sitcom visits Comic-Con to kick off its final season with an exclusive look at the show and a panel featuring Josh Radnor (Happythankyoumoreplease), Cobie Smulders (The Avengers), Neil Patrick Harris (Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog) and Alyson Hannigan (Buffy The Vampire Slayer) and executive producers Carter Bays, Craig Thomas and Pamela Fryman.
The 67th Annual Tony Awards takes place tonight, airing live on CBS. Here’s a quick update with some of the interviews Neil has done this week:
- CBS News video interview
- The Wall Street Journal has some excellent behind the scenes photos
- The Hollywood Reporter‘s Tonya Q&A
- The LA Times – Neil Patrick Harris has a host of opportunities
- Neil on Letterman – YouTube link for international viewers
- Neil on Jimmy Fallon – for international viewers the Catchphrase clip is on YouTube here
- Neil on Katie Couric here