Neil Patrick Harris did another yeoman job hosting the Tony Awards Sunday night, which sent Trey Parker and Matt Stone’s best musical The Book of Mormon home with nine wins (I interviewed them here; the complete list of winners is here). One highlight was a host face-off with Hugh Jackman. (Yes, we want the Aussie song-and-dance man back as Oscar host–but if he can’t do it, Harris would do!) Another was Harris’s opener, during which Brooke Shields muffed her lines. In case you missed the show, Harris raps the Tony Awards to a close in the video, below, along with the lyrics, written during the show by In the Heights‘ Lin-Manuel Miranda and Tommy Kail. Well done.
If anyone asks you what happened at the Tonys you can say this: We straightened things out in the opening number; Ellen Barkin and John Benjamin Hickey took home awards for their hilarious performances in The Normal Heart. Daniel Radcliffe kicked some butt and we were so elated Even Vodemort was sad he wasn’t nominated Norbert Leo Butz sang and danced and tried to catch you, comin’ atchu Chasing Trey and Casey cause they nabbed a Tony statue Commencing in the Chattanooga station from the grand imagination of the Kander-Ebb collaboration It takes a lot for a recipient to humble me But everybody cried for gorgeous Nikki James, the bumblebee Andrew Rannells sang “I Believe” and he landed it So well now he’s Mitt Romney’s VP candidate All across the country from the North and to the South Are saying “Brooke’s a hottie with a crazy potty mouth” John Larroquette brought an elegant mood to the room I’m still imagining him at home in his Fruit of the Looms Spider-man and Mary-Jane gave us perspective here They sang a ballad; we didn’t need our protective gear Patina Miller’s nuns sang “Raise Your Voice” with cheer And Memphis is relentless, they’re performing every year The Normal Heart won, Larry Kramer made us weep And War Horse dazzled us with a theatrical sweep Sutton Foster never lost her knack for talking smack and tapping a full-on assault attack, I’m awesome, Hugh Jackman take that Go ahead and roll the credits if you need to, I’m out of control, I’m on a roll, this is my Tonys speed through Anything Goes took the best revival prize in stride We didn’t see it, we were singing “Side by Side by Side” McDormand loves her job, Sutton Foster won again Paul Schaffer sang and suddenly it started raining men Mark Rylance runs at fences, he’s won the Tony twice That guy can do it all, his follow-up is Fanny Bryce Norbert Butz and Mormon swept the floor, won even more awards than War Horse Par for the course, someone get a car for the horse And in the final analysis what survives tonight? Theater, because it’s what we live We’re changing some lives tonight And theater thrives because we live to give it, so to speak This isn’t reality TV, this is eight shows a week Every chorus member that you saw tonight tappin’ Had to make miracles happen For a chance to see you clappin’ And applauding in the audience What’s next? Who knows Anything goes Now go see a mother [mumbled]-ing Broadway show.