The How I Met Your Mother cast doesn't shy away from celebrations.
For its 100th episode January 11, the CBS comedy will feature a grand musical number featuring its five stars, 65 dancers and a 50-person orchestra.
"It almost felt like an old-school MGM musical to me. It was a lot of cast and crew grouping together to make it special," says star Neil Patrick Harris.
Harris, Josh Radnor, Jason Segel, Alyson Hannigan and Cobie Smulders will perform a 2½-minute song-and-dance piece: "Nothing Suits Me Like a Suit."
The show has provided musical number before - Robin's 'tween videos and Marshall's piano prelude to a slap come to mind - but nothing this elaborate.
HIMYM producers Carter Bays and Craig Thomas wrote the words and music, then recruited composer John Swihart and choreographer Zach Woodlee (Glee).
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"The way we viewed it was our 100th episode would end with something that felt like a party, like an on-air party for fans, and create a jubilant celebration moment at the end of the show," Thomas says. "It feels like a crazy movie fantasyland."
Harris is just happy Thomas and Bays wrote it: "I'm glad we didn't source it out. It has the same sense of humor and sort of obscure comedic ring to it."
In the episode, "Girls vs. Suits," the always-suited-up Barney has the chance to date a hot bartender, but there's a catch: She disdains men in suits. Thomas describes the musical extravaganza as "kind of a love song to The Suit, capital T, capital S."
It will also reveal more, Thomas says, about the "mother," Ted's eventual wife: "It's the closest we've seen Ted get to answering the question: 'Who is the mother?'"
Rachel Bilson guest stars in the episode. Hmm. We're just saying.
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