Pride Aside

Happy Birthday, Doogie

Neil Patrick Harris is 36 today

By Steve Wiecking June 15, 2009

Neil Patrick Harris turns 36 today, June 15. The guy became famous on TV portraying a teenaged doctor named Doogie Howser and still has a career—a better career than ever, in fact. We now know that he can sing (he’s been in productions of Sweeney Todd, Assassins, Rent and Cabaret), has a sense of humor (playing himself in the Harold & Kumar comedies, holding up that terrible sitcom How I Met Your Mother), and that he handled coming out of the closet with class in 2006 saying, "I am a very content gay man living my life to the fullest and feel most fortunate to be working with wonderful people in the business I love." Amen.

Anyway, it’s Pride Month so here’s to you, Doogie. And here’s the Seattle connection: Harris hosted the Tony Awards last week and ended the broadcast with the best number of the night—a closing-credits song that parodied everything that had come before it and which was written during the broadcast by Hairspray’s witty Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman, who are currently in town readying the Catch Me If You Can musical for its world premiere at the 5th Avenue Theatre.

Both Shaiman and Wittman were at Catch‘s behind-the-scenes Spotlight Night at the 5th last Tuesday and said they spent the Tonys trying to keep Liza Minnelli out their hair so they could get the song finished. (She, in turn, said she was busy avoiding Anne Hathaway—I’m assuming that’s because, for reasons I have yet to understand, Hathaway has been cast as Liza’s mom Judy Garland in an upcoming musical. Shoot me now.)

Anyway, here’s that Tonys song—you don’t have to know anything about the show to get a laugh out of it, particularly when Harris sings about heading "off to hit some big Tony balls."

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