The 2013 Tony Awards: Spectacle with Heart

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Neil Patrick Harris never fails to wow me when he hosts the Tony Awards. I was a huge fan of last year’s opening number (“What if Life Were More Like Theatre?”) and wondered how he would top it. Well top it, he did. The number relied less heavily on witty setups and overall concept than last year’s number, instead turning to massive dance numbers, sets, and stunts to open the show. The number worked well due its balance of over-the-top spectacle and subtly humorous lyrics. The number also featured an emotional climax when Neil stood alone on stage singing about the kids at home being inspired by the Tonys:

“There’s a kid in the middle of nowhere who’s sitting there living for Tony performances, singing and flipping along with the Pippins and Wickeds and Kinkys Matildas and Mormons’s, so it might reassure that kid, and do something to spur that…

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FAV TONY MOMENTS

Collage on my theatre Instagram @gobroadway of my favorite moments of the tony awards- all the performances, JANE LYNCH, the mic drop, insane opening number, Billy Porters hilarious speech and oh gosh everything but most important NPH FRENCH KISSING A DOG 😂

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“Kinky Boots” Wins At Feel-Good Tonys

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NEW YORK (AP) – On a feel-good night for Broadway, it was only natural that the Tony award go to its most feel-good musical, the joyous “Kinky Boots.” But most everything about Sunday’s Tony telecast was warmhearted, from inspiring speeches about the theatrical community to the inspired antics of Neil Patrick Harris, who should officially be awarded the host job on a permanent basis.

It was an especially happy night for female theater artists: In a rare feat, women took home both directing prizes, for a musical (Diane Paulus for the high-energy “Pippin” revival) and for a play (Pam MacKinnon for the searing revival of “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?”).

And Cyndi Lauper won best original score for “Kinky Boots,” a result that had many in the audience whooping with delight. “Girl, you’re gonna have fun tonight!” shouted presenter Jesse Tyler Ferguson, the “Modern Family” actor — a reference, of…

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Tony Awards 2013: Neil Patrick Harris Earns Raves As Host for Theater Prize Ceremony

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Neil Patrick Harris, Broadway standout and star of “How I Met Your Mother” on CBS, hosted the Tony Awards for the third time Sunday night and again brought in rave reviews.

The show is already renowned for its over-the-top musical numbers (this is a program based largely around Broadway musicals, mind you) and Harris brought his biting humor to the production, as evidenced by his sarcastic shout out to Shia LaBeouf, who left the cast of theater show “Orphans” earlier this year.

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