Neil Patrick Harris has worn a lot of hats in show business, including host of the Tony Awards, Tony Award-winning actor and host of his own TV variety show. But, according to The New York Times, he's adding a new one: offstage co-creator of a magic-themed immersive theatre project.
Workshops for the yet-untitled production are scheduled to begin this summer, but no opening date was announced.
Harris is reportedly collaborating with Randy Weiner, the producer behind two of the best-known immersive shows in New York—Sleep No More and Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812—to create the magical experience, which would occupy the 311 West 57th Street space that formerly housed a recording studio and Le Bar Bat, and currently serves as an event venue called Providence.
Weiner was also behind the show Queen of the Night, which operated for two years in the Times Square theatre district, immersing visitors in a decadent world that combined dance, theatre, improv with the audience plus a dinner policy that called for one entree to be placed on each table. Anyone who wanted something else was required to go to the other tables and trade.
“Magic is at the core of this venue” for the production, Weiner told the Times, explaining that the space would be made to look like a mansion and that there would be dance, variety acts and one-on-one interactions. As with Queen of the Night, he said, the food would provide “an unexpected culinary experience.”