The Tonys opened with a Shia LaBeouf joke, a Mike Tyson cameo, acrobatics, and a magic trick in a big-enough-for-Radio City opening number led by host Neil Patrick Harris.
Before his quick change into a tux, Harris came onstage dressed as the lead from last year's big winner Once Harris, and then proceeded to bring out the casts of this year's musicals. The show this year changed venues to the larger Radio City Music Hall, and the opening number matched that. Harris, quite, literally jumped through a hoop and had people in the theater cheering and on Twitter raving. Tyson even came out dancing, emerging through a Bring it On cheerleader, thanks to his stint on the stage this year.
Harris even managed to throw in a jab at the Les Miz movie. "Can I have my Tom Hooper Les Mis close up please?" he asked. "On Broadway we don’t need extreme closeups to prove we're singing live."
The show is still ongoing. Winners already include Courtney B. Vance for Lucky Guy, Judith Light for The Assembled Parties, and Gabriel Ebert for Matilda. Stay tune for our full recap after the show.
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