The Drama League, the 98-year-old theater development org, has tapped Neil Patrick Harris to receive its annual honor, with the performer set to receive the kudo at the org’s 30th “Musical Celebration of Broadway.”
Harris has long been a legit industry fave, starring in Rialto revivals of “Cabaret” and “Assassins” prior to returning to TV prominence with “How I Met Your Mother” and putting his song-and-dance skills to use in emcee gigs at the Tonys (four times) and the Emmys (twice). He’ll return to the Main Stem next spring as the topliner of the Broadway production of “Hedwig and the Angry Inch,” while the magic show he directed, “Nothing to Hide,” opens Off Broadway next week.
Harris joins a roster of previous Drama League honorees that includes Liza Minnelli, Angela Lansbury and Andrew Lloyd Webber, among others. Honorees are singled out for talent and passion that serve as a benchmark for others.
The entertainment for the League’s gala benefit in February, with performances highlighting tunes from Harris’ legit career, will be co-directed by Michael Mayer (“Spring Awakening”) and Johanna McKeon, who are the helmer and associate director, respectively, of the upcoming staging of “Hedwig.” League a.d. Roger T. Danforth and Trevor Tamashiro produce the event.
League’s black tie gala is set for Feb. 3 at Gotham’s Pierre Hotel, with an exact lineup of performers, drawn from a roster of Broadway and Hollywood talent, to be announced.