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Drama League Honors Neil Patrick Harris at Annual Gala

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Neil Patrick Harris was honored at the 2014 Drama League Gala on Monday. NY1's Frank DiLella filed the following report.

Entertainment renaissance man, Neil Patrick Harris, was the toast of the theater community on Monday night at the Drama League's annual gala.

The event, which took place at The Pierre Hotel, featured performances by Broadway's Audra McDonald, Norm Lewis, Zachary Levi and more. Harris says he views the honor as a preliminary welcome back to the New York theater community. The actor is set to star in the first ever Broadway production of "Hedwig and the Angry Inch".

"This is the first time I've ever gotten to do a show, and we're just now starting rehearsals, that's so different from me, that's so like all the time non-stop rock and roll, like, nasty show. And it feels weird at this moment to be receiving an accolade given that I'm just starting rehearsals," says Harris.

The Drama League, which has been around for almost a century, is dedicated to nurturing aspiring theater leaders. And speaking of leaders, Tony Award-winning director and Drama League alum Michael Mayer helmed the tribute portion of the evening. In addition, Mayer is directing Harris in "Hedwig".

"The Drama League gave me a fellowship in 1989, and it was a really significant stepping stone for me personally because it was the first time that I could spend an entire summer directing plays and thinking about directing plays," says Mayer.

Two time Tony Award-winner Judith Light was on hand to show her support for Harris.

"He just creates a context of home. He makes everybody feel welcome, he makes everybody feel like Broadway is their home," says Light.

And while Neil Patrick Harris took a back-seat as some of Broadway's best performed in his honor, the actor is set to return to the Broadway boards this spring in the show "Hedwig and the Angry Inch".

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