Broadway regulars should be just about clear of their hangovers today, though we wouldn’t fault them for calling in “sick” a second day; there was plenty to celebrate after Sunday night’s pomp and circumstance. Though we won’t go so far as to declare 2015 as the “Year of the Woman” on Broadway, women did make a serious splash at the 69th Annual Tony Awards.
The 2014 Tonys happened last night, with Neil Patrick Harris NOT hosting for the first time in three years. (Crazy, right?) If you missed the awards show (because you were too busy watching "Game of Thrones" or catching up on "Orange is the New Black"), here are some highlights!
#1 - Hedwig, Gentleman's Guide nabbed the most awards
Hedwig and the Angry Inch and A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder came away as the clear winners, each earning four awards last night. A Raisin in the Sun was just behind them with three awards, while All the Way, Beautiful: The Carole King Musical, The Bridges of Madison County, Lady Day at Emerson's Bar & Grill, and Twelfth Night rounded out the "multiple award" brigade with two each.
In case you were unable to catch last night's Tony Awards, it's not like you missed anything big... only Neil Patrick Harris doing a duet with Mike Tyson. (Yeah, that Mike Tyson.) And NPH jumping through a hoop (literally). And doing some kind of cheerleader gymnastics. And a magic trick. You know, typical Tony-opening-number stuff, and further proof that Neil Patrick Harris is wonderful.
"Kinky Boots," (which featured songs by Cyndi Lauper) won the most awards with six, while "Matilda the Musical" and "Pippin" won four, and "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" and "The Nance" nabbed three.
A full list of winners, as well as some clips from the show, can be found after the cut. (And, for a peek at the acceptance speeches, The Tonys YouTube channel has already uploaded most of them!)
Tonight, Neil Patrick Harris returns as host of the 67th Tony Awards. And why not? He already hosted in 2009, 2011, and 2012, making this his fourth time around and putting him just behind Angela Lansbury, who hosted the awards show five times.
Not only will he host tonight, but he has also been asked to host the 2014 Emmy Awards. Either CBS really, really loves NPH (considering he also stars in the network's sitcom, "How I Met Your Mother" as Barney Stintson) or he's really awesome. I choose the latter, and here are a few reasons why.
His duet with with Hugh Jackman above. Also part of the list of reasons why Hugh Jackman is awesome.
Sutton Foster and Jesse Tyler Ferguson announced the 2013 Tony Award nominations early this morning. Snagging the most nominations were Matilda the Musical, Kinky Boots, and Pippin, the last of which had been open on Broadway for all of five days.
A full list, presented by The Broadway League and the American Theatre Wing, is behind the jump.