There are those of us of a certain age (ahem) who remember a very young Neil Patrick Harris as "Doogie Howser, MD," a television show about a 16-year old medical prodigy who balanced adult life situations as a licensed doctor and teenage angst. Nowadays, we know NPH as "Barney" on "How I Met Your Mother," a television sitcom about a group of 30-somethings in NY.
NPH is also an out and proud husband and father. He's a sterling example of "gay is normal" and I dare anyone to dislike this talented man.
Last night, the 2012 Tony Awards aired. I totally forgot about it until well into the broadcast...I did catch the performance of "Evita" (up for best musical revival), Patti Lupone, Mandy Patinkin, Christopher Plummer, Candice Bergen, and a host of others. As a theater fan, this is OUR Oscar night. To top it all off, NPH hosted again and brought the house to its feet with the opening number.
If you missed it, watch it now (or rewatch it):
So my admiration is overflowing for this absolutely talented man. He's no longer the geeky kid; he's turned into a sexy & funny performer. And if you didn't see last year's opening number - Theater Isn't Just for Gays - I urge you to search for it on YouTube and be prepared to be entertained.
So as we celebrate Pride this month...give it up for one of our own: Neil Patrick Harris!