Blame it on Neil Patrick Harris.

Shopping Siren was innocently channel-surfing the other night when she stumbled on the Tony Awards hosted by the former “Doogie Howser, M.D.”/current “How I Met Your Mother” funnyman. He was adorable. He was charming. He joked and sang and danced in a choreographed whirlwind complete with astonishingly flexible backup dancers.  

I was mesmerized. 

Three hours, a dozen musical acts and one hilarious “Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark” parody later (Neil Patrick Harris, hanging upside down, “unable” to be reeled back up while the awards show went on), I concluded two things: I have a new celebrity crush. And life would be grand as a musical.

Apparently, I’m not the only one. During the show, Neil Patrick Harris belted out a tune about his own longing for musical life.  

So what would your day look like as a musical? Lots of spontaneous singing, obviously. Lots of dancing. Lots of rousing instrumentals with emotional swells just as you triumphantly catch the green light on your way to work or score a dollar off paper towels at the grocery store.

All you need are backup dancers. And props.

Props I can do.

(Cue music.)

* Conn trombone, used, Main Street Music Lessons, $295

Don’t have a music man? Make your own sweet song with this trombone. It’s also good for keeping the young’uns out of trouble. (Trouble with a capital T, and that rhymes with P, and that stands for pool! Of course.)    

* “Who’s the Fairest . . . ” hand mirror, Claire’s, $6

Black hand mirror with scroll work along the plastic base and “Who’s the Fairest . . . ” printed along the top edge of the mirror glass. Also available for the same price in a compact, with delicate pink and purple designs on the cover. Perfect for life in a fairy tale musical. Just don’t eat any apples because, well, you know.   

* Claire’s Club feather boa, Claire’s, $8.50

Choose from white with pink accents or a full-on rainbow. Who am I kidding? Go rainbow! Toss it over your shoulder and suddenly you’re Auntie Mame, seizing life with enthusiasm and flair. Life is a banquet! Don’t starve. 

* Jerzees T-shirts, all sizes, Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Store, 4 for $10

You’re a 1950s bad boy with a slick hairstyle, one cool hot rod and a penchant for breaking into song about your summer love. Or maybe you are the summer love, a sweet girl-next-door type. Either way, it’s summer and even a musical life gets awfully hot in long sleeves. Go black T-shirt for the bad boy, pink for the girl next door, yellow for . . . the stand-in? Maybe just pink and black, then.

* Craft-n-play wooden masks, Jo-Ann Fabric, $1

Thin, child-sized wooden masks that can be colored, painted or embellished to suit. In a variety of characters, including owl, cowgirl, happy fish, monkey and lion. I can hear the first notes of “Hakuna Matata” now.  

Want to save a little money on this mask or something else at Jo-Ann? The store is offering half off one regularly priced item through Saturday with a coupon at its website. If that’s not worth breaking into song, I don’t know what is.

* Animal-shaped silicon potholders, Jo-Ann Fabric, $2.50

Puppet-like potholders in pink cow, green frog or orange snake. Think “Avenue Q” meets dinner.

* Leather(ish) office chair, Affordable Office Solutions, $139

Cushy black leather or faux-leather (it was hard to tell) rolling desk chair. For those people who have two left feet but still want some frenetic dance numbers in their lives. Choreographed rolling is just as cool as choreographed dancing. That’s my story and I’m sticking to it.     

Best find: Domestyle candle holder, Jo-Ann Fabric, $5.99

Regularly $14.99, this rounded, centerpiece-style five-candle holder is on sale through Saturday for 60 percent off. Whether you’re Belle or Beast, this soft lighting works. Just dance carefully.

Think twice: Hearos ear plugs with case, Main Street Music Lessons, $5.99

Nice earplugs and very useful. But in life, as in musicals, the music is half the fun.

Shopping Siren’s true identity is protected by a pair of stylish, sweater-wearing Doberman pinschers (who are writing a musical called “101 Doberman Pinchers”) and the Customer Service counter at the Sun Journal. You can reach her at [email protected]


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