On June 12, the 65th Annual Tony Awards took place at the beautiful Beacon Theatre with host by the universal talent Neil Patrick Harris. Looking at his resume of television appearances/roles, movie roles, soundtracks, and theater roles, there is no question that he was the perfect candidate to host not only the Tonys but any awards show. Seeing this telecast for the first time, I thought it was very enjoyable. Yes I didn’t know any of the plays and musicals nominated in the entire broadcast, but what definitely made it watchable were the continual performances about each play/musical that were nominated.
Taking home the most awards was “The Book of Mormon” with a total of nine, with one being Best Musical and other categories such as Featured Actress (Nikki M. James), Original Score, Direction, Book, Orchestrations, Set Design, Sound Design, Lighting.
Other big awards of the night included Norbert Leo Butz for Best Actor in a Musical in “Catch Me If You Can”, Reno Sweeney for Best Actress in a Musical in “Anything Goes.” Winning the biggest award of the night for Best Play was “War Horse”, a World War I epic about a boy and his favorite horse. The play featured life size puppets creating a visually stunning story that is said to leave many adults in tears. Since it is featured currently at the National Theatre in Great Britain, the show will tour the U.S. starting next summer.
A definite highlight of the night was the “host-off” between two-time Emmy host Neil Patrick Harris and three-time Emmy host Hugh Jackman. Both Broadway vets attempted to prove who was the superior host by cracking jokes and singing a medley of Broadway tunes from the popular shows “Gypsy”, “Singin’ in the Rain”, and “Annie Get Your Gun”. The Tony Awards was a night of great fun where everyone in attendance showed the utmost respect and support for each other’s crafts. It definitely made me want to see these plays and become more knowledgeable in the Broadway department.