He may be off-limits at the Iowa library, but Professor Harold Hill will be an honored guest at NYC's Sardi's Restaurant on the afternoon of Aug. 4. That's when he -- or, more precisely, actor Craig Bierko, who plays Hill in Broadway's The Music Man revival -- will get his caricatured portrait hung on the famed wall, alongside hundreds of other theatre notables. Richard Baratz drew the Bierko portrait, which goes up at 5 PM on the third floor of the famed theatrical eatery.
The thirtysomething Bierko, perhaps best known as a film actor ("The Long Kiss Goodnight," "The Thirteenth Floor"), is making his Broadway debut in the role created by Robert Preston. The Westchester, NY, native made his stage debut at 10 at a community theatre run by his folks. He later studied and acted at Northwestern University in Chicago.
For tickets and information on The Music Man at the Neil Simon Theatre, 250 West 52nd Street, call (212) 307-4100.