Neil Patrick Harris during opening number.
Dare I say, best Tony Awards ever?
The Book of Mormon took home the most awards with nine wins and War Horse (a musical I need to pony up on, pun intended) took home five awards, making them both the night’s big winners, but Neil Patrick Harris stole much of the show with his indelible charm as the night’s hostest with the mostest.
NPH took back the reigns, hosting for a second time, and I am so glad he did. Some highlights? He began with the hilarious “It’s Not Just for Gays Anymore,” pointing out the many “straight” qualities of this year’s nominees. He and three-time Tony host Hugh Jackman battled it out in song and dance, singing through famous Broadway tunes from West Side Story, A Chorus Line and others, changing the lyrics for comedic effect. And he ended by literally rapping through a recap of the night. (Fun Fact: the rap was written by Lin-Manuel Miranda, multiple Tony winner for creating In the Heights.)
Broadway may not just be for gays anymore, but the show Tony organizers put on definitely was. From Neil’s opening number to the impromptu Larry Kramer tributes after The Normal Heart’s big wins (Actor/Actress in Featured Role in a Play, Revival of a Play) to the legendary Martha Wash’s surprise appearance during Priscilla Queen of the Dessert’s rendition of “It’s Raining Men.” It was a gay ol’ time, to say the least. Casey Nicholaw even gave a shout out to his partner during his acceptance speech after The Book of Mormon won Best Direction of a Musical. (I’m actually surprised we didn’t see more of this.)
For more on this year’s Tony’s head over to Twitter. Queer Corner live-tweeted the entire show! Go follow @QueerCorner and peruse the feed for more on the night’s shenanigans. And for a host of photos from Tony’s 2011 head over TonyAwards.com.
Here’s a full list of the Tony Awards 2o11 winners (from The Associated Press):
Best Play: “War Horse.”
Best Musical: “The Book of Mormon.”
Best Book of a Musical: Trey Parker, Robert Lopez, Matt Stone, “The Book of Mormon.”
Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre: Trey Parker, Robert Lopez, Matt Stone, “The Book of Mormon.”
Best Revival of a Play: “The Normal Heart.”
Best Revival of a Musical: “Anything Goes.”
Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play: Mark Rylance, “Jerusalem.”
Best Performance by an Actress in Leading Role in a Play: Frances McDormand, “Good People.”
Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical: Norbert Leo Butz “Catch Me If You Can.”
Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical: Sutton Foster, “Anything Goes.”
Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Play: John Benjamin Hickey, “The Normal Heart.”
Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Play: Ellen Barkin, “The Normal Heart.”
Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Musical: John Larroquette, “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying.”
Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical: Nikki M. James, “The Book of Mormon.”
Best Direction of a Play: Marianne Elliott and Tom Morris, “War Horse.”
Best Direction of a Musical: Casey Nicholaw and Trey Parker, “The Book of Mormon.”
Best Choreography: Kathleen Marshall, “Anything Goes.”
Best Orchestrations: Larry Hochman and Stephen Oremus, “The Book of Mormon.”
Best Scenic Design of a Play: Rae Smith, “War Horse.”
Best Scenic Design of a Musical: Scott Pask, “The Book of Mormon”
Best Costume Design of a Play: Desmond Heeley, “The Importance of Being Earnest.”
Best Costume Design of a Musical: Tim Chappel and Lizzy Gardiner, “Priscilla Queen of the Desert.”
Best Lighting Design of a Play: Paule Constable, “War Horse.”
Best Lighting Design of a Musical: Brian MacDevitt, “The Book of Mormon.”
Best Sound Design of a Play: Christopher Shutt, “War Horse.”
Best Sound Design of a Musical: Brian Ronan, “The Book of Mormon.”
Special Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Theatre: Athol Fugard, Philip J. Smith.
Regional Theatre Tony Award: Lookingglass Theatre Company (Chicago)
Isabelle Stevenson Award: Eve Ensler.
Special Tony Award: Handspring Puppet Company.
Tony Honors for Excellence in the Theatre: William Berloni, The Drama Book Shop, Sharon Jensen and Alliance for Inclusion in the Arts