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Tony Awards 2011! War Horse and Book Of Mormon FTW

June 13, 2011

Greetings CBC readers! Last night was probably one of the best Tony night’s I’ve seen in a good long while, and it’s probably all thanks to the fabulous NPH-Neil Patrick Harris. Let’s start out with some OMG (good) moments of the show, followed by some WTF (huh? and/or bad moments) then end with the complete list of winners.

OMG!

-NPH’s opening number, ‘It’s not just for Gays anymore!” How hilarious was this opening song? Rather than a montage of the musicals nominated (since we’re going to see their numbers later on anyway) NPH performed a hilarious ode to the theater and it’s usual demographic. Come on straights! See a play! With some help from Stephen Colbert, Bobby Cannavale and the flubbing Brooke Shields, the opening was superb. Check it out below:

How to Succeed in Business without Really Trying actually looks pretty awesome! Harry Potter, er…Daniel Radcliffe sounds great and looks great and the choreography was really fun. I was actually pretty flabbergasted that DR didn’t get a nomination for Best Lead Actor in a Musical. I mean, I get it, the Tonys were panned last year for catering to Hollywood stars (particularly by me) But it’s a shame when a Hollywood star actually turns out a worthy performance that is then ignored. Bummer. I’d like to have seen the lady secretaries take part in this Tony number, but I guess now I’ll just have to see the show. Kudos also to NPH’s joke afterwards, “I just had to stop Daniel Radcliffe from poking out the War Horse’s eyes.”

-I couldn’t help but notice that 32 minutes in the word “Jews” was emphatically mentioned three times. Once by NPH during the opening number, once by Featured Actress in a Play Ellen Barkin during her acceptance speech, and once in Norbert Leo Butz’s number form Catch Me If You Can. Ha, I don’t know why I think that’s funny, it just was.

-Nikki M. James’ acceptance speech for winning Best Featured Actress in a Musical  for The Book of Mormon was really lovely. Sure it had that, “I didn’t prepare any kind of speech and I’m kind of careening into crazyland while I yammer on and on” vibe. Yet, it’s great to see someone who is genuinely happy and surprised to win be totally heartwarming. Congrats Nikki!

-NPH rides in on Joey from War Horse! I freaking loved War Horse, I could watch those horse puppets just romp around and call it a show.

-NPH and Hugh Jackman’s dueling host number. Just watch it:

-NPH’s closing rap. Yeah, just watch that too:

NPH, looks like you’re on your way to another Emmy for these Tonys my friend.

 And now for some WTF moments:

-Now, don’t get me wrong, I love me some U2,  Bono and the Edge. At least these two had some self deprecating humor going on ( Bono:” I used to be famous for being in U2.” The Edge: “This humble thing really works for you man.” HA!) Wamp waaaamp. NPH had a bit mid show where he tried to get out as many Spiderman: Turn off the Dark jokes in 30 seconds as he possibly could while Bono and The Edge tried to laugh along with good humor. The jokes themselves weren’t that hilarious anyway:

— “Soon they’ll be changing the name to Spider-Man: Turn Off the Lawsuits.”

— “The only show that warns you about strobe lights and falling actors.”

— “No audience members were harmed in the making of this musical. Yet.”

— “The only thing not falling in Spider-Man is the ticket prices.”

— “Julie Taymor found out it was over when she woke up with the head of War Horse in her bed.”

— “Spider-Man is the only show on Broadway where the actors in the cast are actually in casts.”

— “I heard they were changing it from Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark, to Spider-Man: Turn Off the Daaaaark!” [Read as if by someone falling from a great height.]

— “I sent Bono a congratulatory cable, but it snapped.”

Add that to the exceedingly boring number that the two Spiderman leads then performed (what was that song even about? The end of the world? Something tells me (again I LOVE U2) that sometimes rock musicians’ vague and trippy rock lyrics aren’t suited for musical theater where the songs have to, ya know, tell a story.

-Kudos to A Normal Heart author Larry Kramer for his extremely poignant speech for Best Revival of  Play but….was that dude wearing a snuggie?

-Was anyone else compleeetely creeped out by Christie Brinkley Barbie? The overly perky model just came off looking and sounding like and insane blow up doll.

-Samuel L. Jackson is going to be playing MLK Jr. next season? Uhm…is the play called I Have a Motherfucking Dream on a Plane!? I guess with the way the producers tried to avoid any mention of the play The Motherfucker With the Hat, maybe not…

-Uhm, I love you Frances McDormand. Ya, I really doo  but…why are you wearing a denim jacket to the Tonys, and when’s the last time you brushed your hair? Also, when you walked off stage why did you start acting like a crackhead looking for their next fix? Did you get a little too method in this “poor woman from Southie” role?

-Was anyone else wondering why they had a performance from Priscilla Queen of the Desert? I thought only the shows nominated for Best Musical did bits from their shows?

-Huh? Best Lead Actor in a play Mark Rylance performs some kind of bizarre awkward poem as his acceptance speech. Apparently he’s done something like this before so…I guess that’s his thang?

Finally, here’s a complete list of winners underlined  in their categories with fellow nominees. Now I truly think the big winner of the night was NPH. He seriously brought his A game and…might I suggest, would be a fine addition to Oscar Night??

Best Musical
The Book of Mormon– Damn I’m glad FIL bought hubs and I some tickets before Tony night.
Catch Me if You Can
The Scottsboro Boys
Sister Act

Best Play
Good People
Jerusalem
The Motherf—er With the Hat
War Horse-Yaay! Excellent!

Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Play
Nina Arianda, Born Yesterday
Frances McDormand, Good People
Lily Rabe, The Merchant of Venice
Vanessa Redgrave, Driving Miss Daisy
Hannah Yelland, Brief Encounter

Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical
Sutton Foster, Anything Goes-This looked pretty awesome too, I’ll have to catch it.
Beth Leavel, Baby It’s You!
Patina Miller, Sister Act
Donna Murphy, The People in the Picture

Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play
Brian Bedford, The Importance of Being Earnest
Bobby Cannavale, The Motherf—er With the Hat
Joe Mantello, The Normal Heart
Al Pacino, The Merchant of Venice
Mark Rylance, Jerusalem 

Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical
Norbert Leo Butz, Catch Me If You Can
Josh Gad, The Book of Mormon
Joshua Henry, The Scottsboro Boys
Andrew Rannells, The Book of Mormon
Tony Sheldon, Priscilla Queen of the Desert

Best Direction of a Play
Marianne Elliott and Tom Morris, War Horse
Joel Grey & George C. Wolfe, The Normal Heart
Anna D. Shapiro, The Motherf—er With the Hat
Daniel Sullivan, The Merchant of Venice

Best Direction of a Musical
Rob Ashford, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying
Kathleen Marshall, Anything Goes
Casey Nicholaw and Trey Parker, The Book of Mormon
Susan Stroman, The Scottsboro Boys

Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Play
Ellen Barkin, The Normal Heart
Edie Falco, The House of Blue Leaves
Judith Light, Lombardi
Joanna Lumley, La Bête
Elizabeth Rodriguez, The Motherf—er With the Hat

Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Play
Mackenzie Crook, Jerusalem
Billy Crudup, Arcadia
John Benjamin Hickey, The Normal Heart
Arian Moayed, Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo
Yul Vázquez, The Motherf—er With the Hat

Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical
Laura Benanti, Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown
Tammy Blanchard, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying
Victoria Clark, Sister Act
Nikki M. James, The Book of Mormon
Patti LuPone, Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown

Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Musical
Colman Domingo, The Scottsboro Boys
Adam Godley, Anything Goes
John Larroquette, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying
Forrest McClendon, The Scottsboro Boys
Rory O’Malley, The Book of Mormon 

Best Revival of a Play
Arcadia
The Importance of Being Earnest
The Merchant of Venice
The Normal Heart

Best Revival of a Musical
Anything Goes
How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying

Best Book of a Musical
Alex Timbers, Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson
Trey Parker, Robert Lopez and Matt Stone, The Book of Mormon
David Thompson, The Scottsboro Boys
Cheri Steinkellner, Bill Steinkellner and Douglas Carter Beane, Sister Act

Best Orchestrations
Doug Besterman, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying
Larry Hochman, The Scottsboro Boys
Larry Hochman and Stephen Oremus, The Book of Mormon
Marc Shaiman & Larry Blank, Catch Me If You Can

Best Original Score Written for the Theater
Trey Parker, Robert Lopez and Matt Stone, The Book of Mormon
John Kander and Fred Ebb, The Scottsboro Boys
Alan Menken (music) and Glenn Slater (lyrics), Sister Act
David Yazbek, Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown

Best Choreography
Rob Ashford, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying
Kathleen Marshall, Anything Goes
Casey Nicholaw, The Book of Mormon
Susan Stroman, The Scottsboro Boys

Best Sound Design of a Musical
Peter Hylenski, The Scottsboro Boys
Steve Canyon Kennedy, Catch Me If You Can
Brian Ronan, Anything Goes
Brian Ronan, The Book of Mormon

Best Sound Design of a Play
Acme Sound Partners & Cricket S. Myers, Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo
Simon Baker, Brief Encounter
Ian Dickinson for Autograph, Jerusalem
Christopher Shutt, War Horse

Best Costume Design of a Play
Jess Goldstein, The Merchant of Venice
Desmond Heeley, The Importance of Being Earnest
Mark Thompson, La Bête
Catherine Zuber, Born Yesterday

Best Costume Design of a Musical
Tim Chappel and Lizzy Gardiner, Priscilla Queen of the Desert
Martin Pakledinaz, Anything Goes
Ann Roth, The Book of Mormon
Catherine Zuber, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying

Best Scenic Design of a Play
Todd Rosenthal, The Motherf—er With the Hat
Rae Smith, War Horse
Ultz, Jerusalem
Mark Wendland, The Merchant of Venice

Best Scenic Design of a Musical
Beowulf Boritt, The Scottsboro Boys
Derek McLane, Anything Goes
Scott Pask, The Book of Mormon
Donyale Werle, Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson 

Best Lighting Design of a Musical
Ken Billington, The Scottsboro Boys
Howell Binkley, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying
Peter Kaczorowski, Anything Goes
Brian MacDevitt, The Book of Mormon

Best Lighting Design of a Play
Paule Constable, War Horse
David Lander, Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo
Kenneth Posner, The Merchant of Venice
Mimi Jordan Sherin, Jerusalem

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One Comment leave one →
  1. Steph permalink
    June 13, 2011 5:46 pm

    Nice one, CBC! Great clips! (Yay War Horse!)

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