At Entertainment Weekly’s cover shoot featuring the cast of How I Met Your Mother, we had stars Cobie Smulders, Neil Patrick Harris, Alyson Hannigan and Jason Segel play a game of “Finish the Line,” featuring quotes from their hit series. Watch the actors struggle to remember lines from the show below:
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The tongue-twisterly titled comedy Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike also saw another spike — in ticket sales — in the week since it won the Tony Award for Best Play on June 9. According to figures from the Broadway League, Christopher Durang’s sendup of Chekhov grossed $654,304 for the week ending June 16, up a whopping 18 percent from the week before. That’s an impressive 85 percent of the potential earnings for the Golden Theatre. Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella — a Tony winner for Best Costumes, which were impressively on display during a production number early in CBS’ Tony broadcast — also saw a 19 percent boost in revenues last week, to $1.06 million. (That’s nearly two-thirds the show’s potential gross.)
Sales for the season’s most highly touted new musicals, Matilda and Best Musical winner Kinky Boots, both rose 4 percent last week, to $1.18 million and $1.47 million, respectively. Both productions have been top grossers, so dramatic sales jumps were unlikely even after their Tony victories — and both gave well-received mini-performances during the Neil Patrick Harris-hosted telecast. Tellingly, though, the average ticket price for each show climbed nearly $5 in the last week — signaling that producers will use premium pricing to eke out more profits from already popular shows. The new revivals of Annie ($962,027) and Pippin ($1.01 million) benefited even more from the primetime exposure, boosting their weekly takings by nearly 8 percent.
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Fans have been clamoring for it, and now it’s official: Theater Man of the Month and all-around consummate entertainer Neil Patrick Harris will be returning to Broadway next spring, starring as the transgender fictional rock fronter Hedwig in the musical Hedwig and the Angry Inch.
“I am simultaneously ecstatic and terrified to be stepping into Hedwig’s heels,” said Harris, who was last seen on stage in the New York Philharmonic’s concert version of Stephen Sondheim’s Company, in a release. “It is truly a once-in-a-lifetime role and I can’t wait to begin the journey.”
“Who better to pass the wig to but the finest entertainer of his generation?” said John Cameron Mitchell, who wrote the book and starred in the original stage and film productions of Hedwig, in a release. “It’s like you’re putting together a fantasy rock band and Paul McCartney agrees to play bass,” said composer Stephen Trask.
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You really didn’t think that Neil Patrick Harris was going to say goodnight at the Tonys with a quick, courtesy sign-off? S-H-I-can’t-help-myself.
After a quick tease, Harris started spitting Broadway-inspired rhymes tuned to “Empire State of Mind,” and was soon joined by Audra McDonald. I believe there was even a LeBron James reference… you know, for the sports fans who didn’t tune in in the first place.
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If NBC cancels your TV show, you know you’ll always have a home on the Tony Awards stage.
Andrew Rannells, Megan Hilty, and Laura Benanti — who starred in NBC’s now-defunct The New Normal, Smash, and Go On respectively — appeared with Neil Patrick Harris at the ceremony to perform their ode to working in television. Watch it below. READ FULL STORY
Will Tom Hanks win a Tony Award for his Broadway debut in the late Nora Ephron’s drama Lucky Guy? Will 88-year-old Cicely Tyson also pick up her first for the revival A Trip to Bountiful? And which buzzy new musical featuring a cross-dressing lead actor — Matilda or Kinky Boots — will emerge victorious? Will Bette Midler make an appearance despite being snubbed for Broadway’s biggest honor? And will Bette or Shia LaBeouf become the favored punchline target for four-time host Neil Patrick Harris? READ FULL STORY
The phrase “Hardest Working Man in Show Business” gets bandied about in almost constant force these days, but hardly anyone earns it quite like Neil Patrick Harris. Not only did he just agree to host this September’s Emmy Awards, but he will be returning for a fourth stint as host to the Tony Awards, airing this Sunday on CBS. (“I can finally get it right,” he says.) And this is a guy who already stars on a hit TV series, has The Smurfs 2 in theaters next month, and is raising twin 2-year-olds (with partner David Burtka), yet still has time for a little soft-shoe and showtunes. Harris is undaunted and “hoping it’s the supersized Tonys — lots of children and animals,” he says. “What could possibly go wrong?” READ FULL STORY
Tom Hanks, Scarlett Johansson, Cuba Gooding, Jr., Jesse Eisenberg, Jon Cryer, and Martha Plimpton will present at this year’s Tony Awards, the American Theatre Wing announced today. Hanks, et al. join host Neil Patrick Harris (returning for the fourth time) and each has a connection to the Great White Way.
”The way you used that kid having an asthma attack as a human shield, that took my breath away.”
–Barney (Neil Patrick Harris) to Robin’s dad (Ray Wise) on How I Met Your Mother
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“Barney, I wouldn’t live here even if you scrubbed every inch of this place with Purell, amoxicillin, and holy water.”
– Ted (Josh Radnor) talking about Barney’s apartment on How I Met Your Mother
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