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Neil Patrick Harris brings musical flair to CBS' 'How I Met Your Mother'

January 11, 2010 |  3:55 pm

Tonight's installment of "How I Met Your Mother" on CBS marks a milestone for the hit series -- it's the show's 100th episode. To celebrate, cast members -- who include Neil Patrick Harris -- have filmed an old-fashioned song-and-dance number in the style of old Hollywood musicals.

The musical sequence is titled "Nothing Suits Me Like a Suit," according to our friends at the Show Tracker blog. Much of the singing and dancing is performed by the versatile Harris, whose character, the womanizing Barney, contemplates forgoing his fancy suits in order to bed a bartender played by Stacy Keibler.

Filmed on the New York street set of the Fox lot, the musical sequence features choreography by Zach Woodless of "Glee" plus close to 75 dancers.

“I got the song a couple weeks before to learn it,” Harris told Show Tracker. “About a week before we filmed it, I recorded it. I had about a week to learn the lip sync well. We started rehearsing the choreography maybe three days before.”

Harris has brought his musical talents to the animated Cartoon Network series "Batman: The Brave and the Bold" and to his online project "Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog." His stage credits include "Assassins" on Broadway and "Sweeney Todd" at L.A.'s Ahmanson Theatre. Harris also sang as the host of the Emmys, Tonys and TV Land awards last year.

Check out the above behind-the-scenes featurette from "How I Met Your Mother," which provides a sneak look at tonight's musical number.

-- David Ng

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