Neil Patrick Harris Tapped to Star in Stephen Sondheim Musical 'Company'
He describes his character as "a bit of a playboy," not unlike Barney, whom he plays on "How I Met Your Mother."
Neil Patrick Harris will star in Stephen Sondheim musical Company at the New York Philharmonic in April, the orchestra announced Friday.
Harris plays perennial bachelor Robert, who has similarities to his How I Met Your Mother character, Barney.
“I think one could see Bobby as a bit of a playboy, a sort of serial dater without much behind it,” Harris told the New York TImes. “I don’t know that Barney has the deep-seated desire to couple up like Bobby probably does. But then again, Bobby doesn’t have to respond to laugh tracks.”
The show will run from April 7-9, and be produced by Lonny Price, who also oversaw the orchestra's productions of Sweeney Todd and Candide.
Company, based on a book by George Furth that was last revived on Broadway in 2006, is "a great show for good talent to get an opportunity to stop the show," says Harris. He has not yet revealed who his co-stars will be.
Harris was more forthcoming in his praise for Sondheim, saying he "[fills] every beat and note and moment with some intention… It just allows the performer a great opportunity to mine as deep as they choose. My day job requires a shallowness that will be fun to play against."
Harris next has roles in The Smurfs and A Very Harold Kumar Christmas, plus he'll be hosting the Spike TV Video Game Awards.