The black-tie gala, which features dozens of stars from Hollywood and Broadway in a one-night-only evening of musical selections drawn from Harris' career in theatre, film and television, supports The Drama League’s educational initiatives for promising young artists.
The evening’s entertainment will be co-directed by Tony Award winner and Drama League alumnus Michael Mayer and Johanna McKeon, who also serve as director and associate director of Hedwig and the Angry Inch. The Musical Celebration of Broadway will be co-produced by Roger T. Danforth and Trevor Tamashiro. Attendees can expect songs from Rent, Assassins, Cabaret, Sweeney Todd and Tick, Tick, Boom!, among others.
“We are overjoyed to add Neil Patrick Harris to the legendary roster of artists who have been honored at the Musical Celebration of Broadway during the last thirty years,” said Drama League executive director Gabriel Shanks in a statement. “After distinguishing himself in film, television, theater, web series, music, and as a staunch advocate for youth and arts education like that provided by The Drama League, Neil’s return to Broadway this season is cause for celebration.”
Harris joins a gallery of past Drama League Honorees that include Liza Minnelli, Audra McDonald, Kristin Chenoweth, Angela Lansbury, Patti LuPone, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Chita Rivera, Rosie O’Donnell and Terrence McNally.