Saturday, June 15, 2013
Tony Awards and Birthday Boy Neil Patrick Harris
Neil Patrick Harris was the first celeb I gave a birthday shout out to on this blog and today he turns the big 4-0! Happy Birthday!
He will be wrapping up the final season of his hit show How I Met Your Mother during this upcoming TV season, but he should be able to land on his feet afterwards. At the very least, he can always hosts awards shows for a living. In fact, he just brilliantly hosted the Tony Awards for a fourth time last Sunday with his usual mix of show-stopping numbers and charming asides. Speaking of show-stopping numbers...
He deservedly got a standing ovation off the bat with an epic opening number that literally had everything Broadway has to offer:
He then was in the mix for one of the most inspired numbers ever held at Tonys with a few Broadway vets lamenting their canceled TV shows:
Finally, he ended the show with his usual Lin-Manuel Miranda-penned rapping recap of the night with bonus appearance of the amazing Audra McDonald who literally dropped the mic:
If I had it my way, every awards shows would only be hosted by Neil Patrick Harris, Amy Poehler, Tina Fey, and Hugh Jackman... in any combination. After the cut, a full list of the Tony Awards winners and very brief non-Neil Patrick Harris thoughts...
Best Play: Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike
Best Musical: Kinky Boots
Best Revival of a Play: Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
Best Revival of a Musical: Pippin
Best Actor, Play: Tracy Letts, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
Best Actress, Play: Cicely Tyson, The Trip to Bountiful
Best Actor, Musical: Billy Porter, Kinky Boots
Best Actress, Musical: Patina Miller, Pippin
Best Feat. Actor, Play: Courtney B. Vance, Lucky Guy
Best Feat. Actress, Play: Judith Light, The Assembled Parties
Best Feat. Actor, Musical: Gabriel Ebert, Matilda the Musical
Best Feat. Actress, Musical: Andrea Martin, Pippin
Best Direction of a Musical: Diane Paulus, Pippin
Best Direction of a Play: Pam MacKinnon, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
Best Book of a Musical: Matilda the Musical
Best Costume Design for a Play: The Nance
Best Costume Design for a Musical: Cinderella
Best Scenic Design for a Play: The Nance
Best Scenic Design for a Musical: Matilda the Musical
Best Lighting Design for a Play: Lucky Guy
Best Lighting Design of a Musical: Matilda the Musical
Best Choreography: Kinky Boots
Best Original Score: Kinky Boots
Best Orchestrations for a Musical: Kinky Boots
Best Sound Design for a Musical: Kinky Boots
Best Sound Design in a Play: The Nance
now playing Guy in Once) presenting and performing.