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If Life Were More Like Theater, Neil Patrick Harris Would Be BFF to Everyone!

By Dustin Rowles | Videos | June 11, 2012 | Comments ()


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While many of you were watching last night's season finale of "Mad Men" (more on that later), the 66th Annual Tony Awards were happening in New York. The big winner of the night was Once, and since that was originally a movie, most of you don't have to feel left out about your ignorance of Broadway. Other winners included Mike Nichols for best Director (Death of a Salesman) and Newsies for best choreography, which just goes to show you that the Tonys pick better movies than the Oscars.

The big to-do of the night, however, was Neil Patrick Harris' opening number. It was his third-time hosting, and for the third time, his opening number was the only part of the ceremony that I watched. The man is a show-stopper, people. Here is the opening monologue and opening musical number, in full. It'll make you glad you made the decision to wake up this morning.




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  • Megan

    I disagree that NPH is Hollywood's most likable gay. I say Matt Bomer all the way.

  • E-Money

    The Tony Awards is the only awards show worth a damn! Everyone appears to actually like each other and it's always entertaining. I'm just as much a cinephile as theatre geek but the Tony's are just better than the Oscars. JUST BETTER. Imma give most of that to NPH and the pure enthusiasm of the performers. Probably has something to do with them having something to prove - unlike the overpaid clowns in Hollywood.

  • BierceAmbrose

    The Tony Awards is the only awards show worth a damn!

    So, a live, song and dance filled stage show put on by people who, you know, do that, is better than a live, song and dance filled stage show put on by people who hang out in their trailers, work one shot at a time, overdub their talking let alone their singing, and spend inordinate amounts of time sucking up to "Mr. Scorsese." On TV. While people watch.

    Huh. Who'd have thunk it.

  • Sara_Tonin00

    But you needed to watch the "but we're out of time" closing number! Why don't they have it on the website?! Predictable, but really funny nonetheless.

  • Heather Mooney

    My 11 year old daughter hates almost everything in the universe; on most days, up to and including me and herself. However, there are two things I thank God for: Cumberbatch's Sherlock and Neil Patrick Harris. She'll actually sit with me and watch NPH do just about anything- and enjoy it (the rarest of events). Consequently, I got to have three hours of smiley-snuggle-talk-about-theater time with the girl because of him last night. Awesome, indeed. NPH should change his name to Anne Sullivan, becuase he's a miracle worker.

  • JenVegas

    A) Neil Patrick-Harris for King of All Media.
    B) As a former theater stage manager daaaaamn I loved that 7 second costume change. That was like butter.

  • PerpetualIntern

    Love it, although "It's not just for gays anymore" from last year is still my favorite.

  • So you didn't see Neil Patrick Harris make the brilliantly tasteless "My Left Footloose" joke?

  • Sara_Tonin00

    I thought that was in impeccable taste.

  • True, but the "think of the choreography" crack was a groaner.

  • NateMan

    'If We're More Like Theater?' Looks like I'm not the only overtired guy this morning. Damn non-sleeping offspring...

  • NateMan

    And then I left out the Life... Yep, it's a rough morning.

  • pajiba

    Guh. Corrected. Thanks

  • Sara_Tonin00

    corrected on post title, but not page header.

  • pajiba

    Oh, it's b/c if we correct it in the header, all the URLs will be broken.

  • thenchonto

    Heading over here from Facebook, I was seconds from posting: "Ah! That
    apostrophe! Ah! First one of the local street sweeper trucks, honest to
    god, kicked up a dead skunk next to my car this morning, now bizarre
    grammar has sullied an NPH post. Truly, this is the darkest timeline."

    Then I saw it had been fixed, but I'm still so bewildered by the skunk
    that I thought I'd freak out and post anyway. I thought my tax dollars
    were just being spent ineffectively, but now I've reached the
    realization that they are being spent to actively sabotage my daily
    life. I admire the initiative, I guess? All I'm really trying to say here is dammit, why can't life be more like theatre? Or, at least a little more Rogers & Hammerstein than Strindberg on a bender.

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