|NPH won the Emmy for hosting the Tonys in 2009. He also picked up the Guest Performance in a Comedy trophy for his appearance on Glee. He has yet to win for his regular series gigs.|
|After Doogie Houser, Neil turned to |
the stage to transition into leading
man roles. In Sweeney, he played
|Baranski and Stokes Mitchell were|
highlights of KenCen's Sondheim Festival.
This particular production was one of those concert stagings which we love so much. It was filmed in San Francisco for PBS, and just seeing this clip makes me want to track down and watch the full DVD. Our Mrs. Lovett is being played by Patti Lupone, who has run hot and cold for me over the years.
|At this year's Tonys, Harris and Lupone reunited to mow the lawn.|
|As Mrs. Lovett in the Broadway|
revival, Lupone played the tuba.
NPH is particularly lovely in this clip, and is displaying a depth which we are not used to, judging from his comedic work on TV. The song is the most famous of any of the Todd tunes, and is rendered in a clear tenor voice by our hero. It was this performance, and others like it during this period, which alerted the public to the musical talents of Harris, and ultimately led to his current status as the go-to guy for musical hosting.
|NPH visited Stephen Colbert last week, who wondered why Neil's happiness as a gay man did not rob Stephen of his own.|
NPH turns 39 today, so to celebrate, enjoy: