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Neil Patrick Harris Host
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He sang, he danced, he rapped — but did Neil Patrick Harris do enough to steal your hearts at the Tonys? Beginning the ceremony, quite charmingly, with the line, “Good evening. I’m teen heartthrob Neil Patrick Harris,” the How I Met Your Mother star kicked off a night full of standing ovation-worthy musical performances — and even broke away from his duties as host to perform a number from Stephen Sondheim’s Company. (In April, Harris, Stephen Colbert, Christina Hendricks, and Jon Cryer performed a reading of the musical in New York City.) Some other highlights: A splashy opening number insisting Broadway “is not just for gays anymore,” an impressive rap recap at the end of the ceremony, and a musical duel with former Tonys emcee Hugh Jackman. (Bonus points to Harris for working in a dig about Viva Laughlin, which Huck Jackman produced. Still funny four years later!) Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark cast and crew might not have dug his 30-second segment dedicated purely to jokes about the embattled production (ex. “Julie Taymor found out it was over when she woke up and found the head of War Horse in her bed.”), but what did you think of Harris’ hosting? Was it legen — wait for it — dary? Vote in our poll after the jump!

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