Monday, June 13, 2011

Neil Patrick Harris

Neil Patrick Harris sang and danced, battled Hugh Jackman and closed the ceremony by rapping during last night's Tony Awards.

And those are just some of the "How I Met Your Mother" star's hosting highlights.
Harris opened the show with a tongue-in-cheek musical number that declared the Tonys "are not just for gays anymore." It involved Stephen Colbert, Brooke Shields, Bobby Cannavale and bunch of bleeps.

Later, he engaged in a Tonys host face-off with actor Hugh Jackman, who has hosted previous ceremonies (this was Harris' second time hosting). They started off by bantering on what it takes to be a good host, then launched into an "Anything You Can Do I Can Do Better" song-and-dance number. They riffed on everything from pacing to keeping the show on time to improving gift bags.

Harris also promised not to do too many "Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark" jokes - only as many as he could fit into 30 seconds. One of them was: "I sent Bono [who composed the show's music with U2 bandmate the Edge ] a congratulatory cable, but it snapped."

Others targets of Harris' humor included Daniel Radcliffe, Angela Lansbury and Al Pacino.

He also performed a second time during the broadcast, with the star-studded cast of "Company," and finished off the show by rapping.

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