Neil Patrick Harris’s High-wire Act, and Other Culture Highlights From This Week’s New York

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In this week's issue of New York, Emily Nussbaum profiles Neil Patrick Harris, Hollywood's first openly gay breakthrough star. Erica Orden spends 86 minutes with Alec Baldwin. Emma Rosenblum interviews The Good Wife's Julianna Margulies and I Drink for a Reason author David Cross. Amy Larocca chats with The Beautiful Life producer Ashton Kutcher. David Edelstein reviews Jane Campion's Bright Star. Logan Hill traces the history of Gerard Butler's overexposure. Boris Kachka chats with Robert Longbottom, director of Broadway's upcoming non-ironic Bye Bye Birdie. Christopher Bonanos interviews Superior Donuts' Michael McKean. Justin Davidson reviews the new Cooper Union. David Browne raps with indie-rock survivors Yo La Tengo.