Neil Patrick Harris Has Magic to Do, Directing Nothing to Hide in L.A.
By Kenneth Jones
Neil Patrick Harris, a fan of magic since his childhood, will direct Nothing to Hide, a unique theatrical event to feature sleight-of-hand artists Derek DelGaudio (2011 Close-Up Magician of the Year) and Helder Guimarães (2011 Parlour Magician of the Year). Geffen Playhouse will present the engagement, opening Nov. 27 in Los Angeles.
"Abandoning the antiquated notions of a traditional magic show, Nothing to Hide takes the audience on an imaginary journey through a series of diverse and engaging vignettes brought to life solely from the words and hands of the two masterful magicians," according to Geffen.
"I dare say, watching Derek and Helder perform together was one of the most amazing, confounding, and magical nights of my life," actor Harris said of their earlier appearance at Magic Castle in L.A. "I knew after seeing the reaction from Magic Castle guests and magicians alike that I needed to bring their show to a larger audience. I suspect it will be a tough ticket to get and those that do will have their minds utterly blown."
Nothing to Hide, which will have special late-night performances on Fridays and Saturdays throughout the run, will play through Jan. 6, 2013, at the intimate Audrey Skirball Kenis Theater at the Geffen Playhouse.
The show launches the Geffen Playhouse's new Spotlight Series, which is inspired by the success of past smaller events ranging from Alan Cumming's I Bought a Blue Car Today to Ricky Jay's 52 Assistants and concerts from Sergio Mendes to Rita Wilson.
This "special series which will provide access to exclusive events including cabarets, readings, magic acts and concerts," according to Geffen. "Unlike our regular season, Spotlight events will vary in length, format and lead-time, but similar to our traditional season, they will always bring something entertaining, noteworthy and world-class to our audiences."
Nothing to Hide is created by Derek DelGaudio and Helder Guimarães, and written by DelGaudio. Harris, the actor known for Broadway (Proof, Assassins, The Tony Awards host), film ("The Smurfs") and TV ("Doogie Howser, M.D.," "How I Met Your Mother"), directs.
For information, visit geffenplayhouse.com.
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