Lin-Manuel Miranda Writes Passionate Ode To Neil Patrick Harris
Tony Award-winning actor, songwriter and all-around Broadway super-supporter Lin-Manuel Miranda writes a passionate ode to similarly multi-talented and copiously recognizable theatrical proponent and marquee name Neil Patrick Harris in the new issue of Vanity Fair.
Miranda begins, "Watch: Neil Patrick Harris at age 20, on the other side of four years as Doogie Howser, M.D. This is usually where the tabloid headlines start. A child star in a well-loved show? Welcome to oblivion. People will shout "Hey, Doog!" in the streets; VH1 will come calling when it's time for I Love the 90s."
Continuing, Miranda adds, "What does N.P.H. do? He doubles down on his passions: magic and musical theater. Works at both (becomes president of the Magic Castle, in L.A.; stars in Rent, Cabaret, Assassins, Company) until he's a revered practitioner in both fields. Adds a fiendishly funny dose of self-awareness (a scene-devouring role as himself in Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle that makes the world say, "Holy sh*t, how awesome is that guy!")."
Furthermore, Miranda eloquently shares of the recent Tony Awards rap masterfully delivered by Harris and its impact, "And in that moment you know no one else could have pulled off this magic trick, because we knew N.P.H. as that kid, and we watched him transform into the supernova on our TV screens."
Check out the original article on the matter here.