As host of The Tony Awards for the third time in four years, Neil Patrick Harris made sure the annual celebration of Broadway’s best had plenty of moments of humor.
The openly gay star of CBS’s How I Met Your Mother dazzled in an opening number called What if Life Were Morte Like Theater that included cameos from such stars as Patti LuPone, Amanda Seyfried and Jesse Tyler Ferguson (pictured) then midway through, performed a memorable mashup of famous musical numbers. He then closed the show with a recap song that has become his signature at Tony telecasts.
The first award of the night was presented to the enormously popular Judith Light who won the Tony for featured actress in a play for her performance in Other Desert Cities.
Light is beloved by the gay community for her three decades of AIDS activism and her longtime dedication to LGBT equality and causes.
Gay superstar Ricky Martin was not nominated for a Tony for his role in the musical Evita but he appeared in the opening number of the telecast – a The Book of Mormon parody – and later with co-star Elena Roger and the rest of the show’s cast.
Christian Borle, a straight actor who plays a gay man on NBC’s Smash, was a surprise winner in the featured actor in a play category for his performance in Peter and the Starcatcher. Andrew Garfield had been favored to win for Death of a Salesman.
Gay producer Scott Rudin accepted the Tony for outstanding revival of as play for The Death of a Salesman, a production which won Mike Nichols the best director award for the sixth time.
Other major winners: Musical: Once; Play: Clybourne Park; Revival of a Musical: The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess; Lead Actor in a Play: James Corden in One Man, Two Guvnors; Lead Actress in a Play: Nina Arianda in Venus in Fur; Lead Actor in a Musical: Steve Kazee in Once; and Lead Actress in a Musical: Audra McDonald in The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess.
Here is a LINK to the full list of winners.
Below are videos of some of Neil Patrick Harris’s musical numbers from last night’s show.