Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2017|2 a.m.
Recording artist and star Harry Connick Jr. included a new title to his resume last year when he introduced his syndicated daytime talk show “Harry” on CBS. As it ends up, a talk program requires quite a bit of work. “I didn’t have a great deal of time to do much else due to the fact that we were figuring a great deal of stuff out,” he says, but he’s back onstage for 2 programs this weekend at Encore Theater. “Now I have time to play and I’m thrilled. I have fun with my band every day on the show but there’s nothing like taking it on the roadway, and I like Vegas and I like that space. I have actually always had an excellent time out there. Exactly what I love most is you can do nothing or you can do tons of things. There are many choices.”
Here’s the rest of my discussion with the New Orleans born pianist, vocalist, bandleader and more:
You’re getting your very own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame next year. Congrats! It’s extraordinary. I’m simply blown away, because that’s something I’ve never ever actually thought of. It’s an incredibly pleasant surprise.
You’re being inducted with some excellent company: Snoop Dogg, Weird Al, Jack Black, Jennifer Lawrence, Richard Branson, and Erick McCormack, your co-star from “Will & & Grace. “That I didn’t know. That’s great.
Exactly what was it want to reprise your function as Leo in the “Will & & Grace” reboot? It was so fun despite the fact that I only did one episode. The cool thing was that it was nearly like time stopped– the set looks he same, the cast looks the exact same, much of the authors are back. It’s an experience I have actually never ever had before in program service. To be part of a huge hit like that one time is unusual, to have the experience twice was novel and I was thrilled to be welcomed back.
You’ve got a year of doing your daytime talk show under your belt. How has it progressed? We learned a lot the very first year. It was a time for us to discover exactly what we are aiming to say and the best ways to state it, and we attempted a great deal of various things and had a good time doing it. We kinda figured it out and were getting ready to opt for the 2nd year whether we got picked up or not, and we were lucky to get 5 Emmy nominations and got gotten [for another season], so I’m simply delighted. I feel like we understand the show and everyone is having a good time.
And you’re intending on having a fun time in Vegas? Me? For sure. The dining establishments out there, the shows, plus it’s a terrific household town … there are a lot of diverse things to do. If you want to you can just relax by the swimming pool, or you can see some remarkable entertainers. I like it out there.
You’re staying busy with TELEVISION however are you planning to get back in the studio to produce a new album at any time soon? I have some ideas floating around in my head. At some time in the future I’ll be making a record, and I’m also looking at scripts for movie and Broadway. I just need to choose exactly what the next thing is going to be and keep arranging through them. But it won’t be long prior to we’re back in the studio.
Harry Connick Jr. performs at Wynn’s Repetition Theater at 8 p.m. November 17 and 18 and December 1 and 2. For info, check out wynnlasvegas.com.