According to producers, Neil Patrick Harris will join the Broadway company of Peter Pan Goes Wrong as a special guest star beginning April 11 through April 30.
Known for iconic roles such as Barney Stinson in “How I Met Your Mother” and Count Olaf in the Netflix adaptation of “A Series of Unfortunate Events,” Neil Patrick Harris is a five-time Emmy Award®-winner, with notable guest appearances on such shows as “American Horror Story” and “Glee.”
The comedy play follows the ‘Cornley Drama Society’ as they put on a production of Peter Pan that must withstand technical glitches, flying problems, and cast arguments before everything falls apart. Harris will appear in the role of Francis, a member of the Drama Society who portrays The Narrator and others in play-within-the-play Peter Pan.
“I’m a massive fan of Team Mischief and physical comedy in general, so I jumped (fell?) at the chance to join their genius onstage,” said Harris in a statement. “That said, the role of the Narrator mostly sits in a chair and reads a book, so apparently no rehearsals are required. I guess that’s fine… what could possibly go wrong?”
Harris is the first special guest star for the Broadway engagement of Peter Pan Goes Wrong, but other guest stars will appear occasionally, sometimes unannounced, throughout the run. However, Harris will not perform on Friday, April 21, and the Saturday, April 22 matinee performance.
The cast features Bartley Booz as Dennis (up until April 9), Matthew Cavendish as Max, Bianca Horn as Gill, Harry Kershaw as Francis, Chris Leask as Trevor, Henry Lewis as Robert, Ellie Morris as Lucy, Charlie Russell as Sandra, Jonathan Sayer as Dennis (starting April 11), Henry Shields as Chris, Greg Tannahill as Jonathan, and Nancy Zamit as Annie. The company is completed by Ryan Vincent Anderson, Stephen James Anthony, Fred Gray, and Brenann Stacker.
Peter Pan Goes Wrong is currently in previews at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre ahead of an opening night set for April 19. The production will run for a 16-and-a-half-week limited engagement through July 9.