Original Air Date: Jun 9, 2013
Patricia Morris Buckley — Sr. Staff Writer
Why don’t we just all admit the inevitable? Neil Patrick Harris should be the MC for every award show on TV. Look, I hear his series is ending, so he’ll have plenty of time…
But could he (or anyone else for that matter) top the opening number of the 2013 Tony Awards? Singing, dancing, great jokes and even an amazing magic trick where he appeared at the other end of the theater!
And it kept going and going. Mike Tyson appeared as did actors from current shows and a finale with Harris hanging (and panting heavily) from a giant Tony Award. My favorite line? When he asked for a close up to show that Broadway performers don’t need one to show the audience they’re singing live.
Here are a few of my other favorite moments:
* Harris sings with other Broadway vets who tried (and failed) to make the jump to TV. They were Andrew Rannells (The New Normal), Megan Hilty (Smash) and Laura Benanti (The Playboy Club and Go On).
* I wasn’t that impressed with the number from “A Christmas Story,” but boy, that little tap dancer was amazing. In fact, many of the Best Musical nominees featured kids in the cast. Harris’ opener talked about how everything is bigger on Broadway, but with “Annie,” “Matilda” and “A Christmas Story,” if looked as if this season really was smaller.
* Loved “Cinderella,” but I couldn’t stop rewinding to see how Cindy’s rags magically turned into a ball gown. After five or six viewings, I still couldn’t figure it out.
Then there were the more, how can I say this, interesting moments:
* I worried about Cicely Tyson, who seemed to have trouble standing after she won for Best Actress in a Play. She looked… well, impaired. But she still gave an excellent speech, albeit at a snail’s pace.
* I’m sorry I can’t remember who won, but I think it was for Best Revival of Play, and the accepter of the award’s mic didn’t turn on. Then they got played off too. That seems incredibly unfair!
* Harris and the wonderful Audra McDonald closed the show, despite going over the time limit, with a rap summing up all the awards to Jay-Z’s “Empire State of Mind.” A direct copy of what Seth MacFarlane and Kristin Chenoweth did at the end of this year’s Oscar. This one was better, but hearing what polish did for the first number, it’s too bad they didn’t have more time.
* So sorry that Tom Hanks lost. I’ve seen clips of “Lucky Man” and he was wonderful. I was VERY surprised that those who won for this show did not thank the late Nora Ephron. Hmmm…. I’m pretty sure that Hanks would have, being the gentleman he is.
It was a good show, although when one or two plays/musicals dominate, it’s a bit more fun, isn’t it? But what pulled it up in entertainment value had to be Harris.
Is it too early to call Harris the Best Host of All Time? Did a favorite of yours win or lose? Does seeing the Tonys make you want to book a plane flight to NYC immediately? Give us your TwoCents…