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.
#2 - Meanwhile, All The Way and Gentleman's Guide nabbed top awards
The most coveted awards of the evening — Best Play and Best Musical — went to All the Way and A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder, respectively. Meanwhile, the best revival awards went to Hedwig and the Angry Inch (musical) and A Raisin in the Sun (play).
#3 - Hugh Jackman's opening number featured a cameo from Neil Patrick Harris
For those who had gotten used to the Tonys hosted by NPH, a cameo in the opening number was exactly what was needed. The number itself was a little quirky, paying homage to the 1953 film "Small Town Girl." Jackman recreated the memorable scene in which Bobby Van performs "Take Me to Broadway," all while hopping.
#4 - James Monroe Iglehart proved he may actually be Genie
James Monroe Iglehart, who plays Genie in Aladdin, nabbed an award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Musical. He kept his speech relatively brief, but proved he's the perfect actor to play Genie when he danced on stage after his win.
#5 - Audra McDonald won her sixth Tony
It was an emotional win for Audra McDonald, who was awarded Leading Actress in a Play for her role as Billie Holiday in Lady Day at Emerson's Bar & Grill. This award was McDonald's sixth Tony, which made her the most awarded actress in history. McDonald is also the first person to win Tonys in all four acting categories. Pretty impressive.
#6 - It got meta when Carole King performed with the woman playing Carole King in a play about Carole King
Actress Jessie Mueller, who plays Carole King in Beautiful: The Carole King Story, won an award for Best Lead Actress in a Musical... but not before she got to sing right alongside Carole King herself. In Mueller's acceptance speech, she talked about how surreal the moment was. "Carole King, I never thought that I would get to sing with you once in my life — let alone twice," Mueller said.
#7 - Bryan Cranston reminded us all how much was miss Walter White
"Breaking Bad" may be long gone, but we'll never be over it. In what the New York Times called the "least surprising win" of the night, Bryan Cranston was awarded Best Actor in a Featured Role in a Play for his role as Lyndon B. Johnson in All the Way. But mostly, his presence reminded us of the big hole in our heart where "Breaking Bad" once was.
#8 - Neil Patrick Harris performed as Hedwig — and licked Samuel L. Jackson's glasses
NPH doesn't mess around when it comes to his role as Hedwig in Hedwig and the Angry Inch. That's probably why his performance of "Sugar Daddy" was regarded as one of the highlights of the evening. His performance was perfect, and even included a moment where he licked Samuel L. Jackson's glasses.
#9 - Hugh Jackman rapped
And it wasn't just him. Jackman was joined onstage by T.I. and LL Cool J for a performance of "Music Man." Because why not?
#10 - There was a John Travola/Idina Menzel joke
You may remember the John Travolta debacle at the Oscars earlier this year. Travolta was supposed to introduce Idina Menzel before she performed "Let It Go"... but ended up completely butchering her name and called her "Adele Dazeem." At the Tonys, Jonathan Groff couldn't resist having a little fun as he introduced Idina Menzel as "WICKedly talented." He did pronounce her name right, though!
What were some of your favorite 2014 Tonys moments?