Neil Patick Harris / Tony Awards...a lesson?

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Neil Patick Harris / Tony Awards...a lesson?

Postby Doug Thornton » June 13th, 2011, 4:22 pm

Neil Patrick Harris did a stellar job hosting the Tony Awards last night. He was poised, professional, punctual. (As always.) What does this have to do with magic other than he is a member of this club? I think it's a reminder of how we can learn about presentation through others' performances, magic related or otherwise. Staging and blocking - which can be learned - and stage presence - which I don't believe can be learned, but in some cases might be developed over time - are so important to make the difference between a magic performance and a magical one.
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Re: Neil Patick Harris / Tony Awards...a lesson?

Postby Richard Kaufman » June 13th, 2011, 4:50 pm

Dude, he's not just a member, he's the PRESIDENT.
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Re: Neil Patick Harris / Tony Awards...a lesson?

Postby Bill Duncan » June 14th, 2011, 2:47 am

OK, that's funny.

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Postby Ian Kendall » June 14th, 2011, 6:36 am

And also a client?

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Re: Neil Patick Harris / Tony Awards...a lesson?

Postby Jonathan Townsend » June 14th, 2011, 1:26 pm

Doug Thornton wrote:Neil Patrick Harris did a stellar job hosting the Tony Awards last night. He was poised, professional, punctual. (As always.) What does this have to do with magic other than he is a member of this club? ...


Perhaps that spending much more time working with solid scripts, directors, a production crew and performing will get you further than you might expect.

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Postby Pete Biro » June 14th, 2011, 3:31 pm

Right... when I won the Grand Prix at a PCAM and First Place at SAM for my stage act, I utilized a director... Emile Clifton, magician, actor and director.
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Re: Neil Patick Harris / Tony Awards...a lesson?

Postby Passionboy » June 14th, 2011, 7:37 pm

So far, the only major movie star to be on The Magic Castle's Board of Directors was Cary Grant!

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Postby Jonathan Townsend » June 14th, 2011, 8:28 pm

I guess Starship Troopers was not a major movie?
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Re: Neil Patick Harris / Tony Awards...a lesson?

Postby Passionboy » June 14th, 2011, 8:40 pm

I doubt it!

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Re: Neil Patick Harris / Tony Awards...a lesson?

Postby Richard Kaufman » June 14th, 2011, 10:12 pm

Starship Troopers was a major and very expensive film, but it was considered a financial and critical failure. It did not make Neil a movie star. But a star he has become, nevertheless!
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Re: Neil Patick Harris / Tony Awards...a lesson?

Postby Bill Duncan » June 15th, 2011, 12:49 am

Apparently some people have forgotten a little film classic called Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle.

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Re: Neil Patick Harris / Tony Awards...a lesson?

Postby Dave V » June 15th, 2011, 10:22 am

No, but I'm trying.
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Re: Neil Patick Harris / Tony Awards...a lesson?

Postby Jim Maloney » June 15th, 2011, 10:41 am

Harold & Kumar was certainly an important piece in his current stardom, but I don't think that his cameos in those two movies would qualify him as a "movie star".

But this is nitpicking -- NPH is a major force in the entertainment business right now. He's hosted both the Tonys (twice) and the Emmys to rave reviews. He performed the opening number at the 82nd Academy Awards (where he joked, btw, "I know...what am I doing here?"). He's starred on TV, Broadway, and in a highly acclaimed Internet show. He's won Emmys and People's Choice awards, and been nominated for a host of others. And he seems to be universally loved by both audiences and colleagues.

He may not technically be a "major movie star", but, as Richard noted, he's definitely a star. And he's awesome.
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Re: Neil Patick Harris / Tony Awards...a lesson?

Postby Joe Pecore » June 15th, 2011, 11:13 am

NPH joked about TV star vs. movie star with Hugh Jackman during the awards. See the second link in the first post "Tony Awards 2011 - Hugh Jackman & Neil Patrick Harris - Dueling Hosts"
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Postby Joe Pecore » June 15th, 2011, 11:16 am

And a Happy Birthday to NPH. He turned 38 today :)
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Re: Neil Patick Harris / Tony Awards...a lesson?

Postby Chris Aguilar » June 15th, 2011, 11:53 am

NPH will return in "A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas", this holiday season.

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Re: Neil Patick Harris / Tony Awards...a lesson?

Postby Jonathan Townsend » June 15th, 2011, 1:53 pm

Not many people can take a leave from a White House staff position to do a film then come back to the job. Interesting folks in that film. Link

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Re: Neil Patick Harris / Tony Awards...a lesson?

Postby Dustin Stinett » June 15th, 2011, 4:02 pm

I finally watched the show last night. NPH was great (as I expected, which was the only reason I DVRed it). The NPH/Jackman duo was great. That said, my favorite part of the evening was John Leguizamos monologue.

On another magic-related note, I will also mention that I was very disappointed that Paul Shaffer, when talking about first coming to Broadway to do a show in 1974, that he didnt mention that it was The Magic Show with Doug Henning.

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Re: Neil Patick Harris / Tony Awards...a lesson?

Postby Passionboy » June 15th, 2011, 7:06 pm

"Starship Troopers" is certainly an interesting film. At the time I saw it, I didn't know who Neil Patrick Harris was.

Concerning Gary Grant. Although Grant was a major movie star, it is interesting that he never won an Academy Award. However, Grant did receive an Honorary Oscar in 1970. Grant did a lot of comedies, and that genre doesn't usually earn Oscars.

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Re: Neil Patick Harris / Tony Awards...a lesson?

Postby Rick Ruhl » July 25th, 2011, 10:55 am

to me, Neil will always be Doogie Howser, MD ;)


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