The sixty-somethingth Tony Awards aired last night on CBS, and if you missed the broadcast, you're not the only one. The tribute to musical theater only drew a 1.2 rating among adults (compared to Fox's 1.4 on a night of repeats), a far cry from other primtime awards shows.
But it's okay you didn't watch, because we have the highlights right here. Long story short: The Book of Mormon, from South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone, cleaned house, winning nine awards including
Best Picture Best Musical. That said, the real story here is Neil Patrick Harris, who continues to stake his claim for Best Awards Show Host EVAR.
NPH opened with—what else?—a song-and-dance number about the Tonys no longer being "just for gays," which included a walkthrough of the audience and a bit of on-his-toes thinking. As usual, he handled it all with equal amounts of grace and charm.
In the middle of the show, Harris welcomed beloved former Tonys host Hugh Jackman to the stage. Naturally, they got into a dance battle and made fun of each other's pasts. Note to Hugh: As long as Viva Laughlin remains on your resumé, you can't say anything.
And finally, to hip things up at the end, the Notorious NPH dropped some rhymes on the unsuspecting audience in a bit that was reportedly created just the night before the show.
A good host makes the difference between a good awards show and a bad awards show, and Neil Patrick Harris deftly toes the line between classic and progressive emceeing. He's gushing with talent but relatable, thanks to well-timed moments of self-deprecation. Plus, it seems he can always captures our attention without resorting offensive jokes. I'm ready to declare the man host of every single awards show heretofore.