At age 37, Neil Patrick Harris has worn more showbiz hats than most performers do in their entire careers. Starting his professional life as a child star, Harris has successfully graduated to film actor, sitcom leading man, Broadway actor, award-show staple, singer, magician and Web-series celebrity.
Harris is that rare actor who is not only able to thrive in almost every medium, but also appeals to divergent demographics — young and old, gay and straight, highbrow snobs and lowbrow comedy fans.
This week, Harris adds another facet to his complex professional persona — musical theater director. His staging of “Rent” at the Hollywood Bowl, beginning Friday for three performances, marks the first time Harris has directed a large-scale stage musical. (His other directing credits include a one-man stage play and an episode of his CBS sitcom “How I Met Your Mother.”)
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