Stars spill their shame at the 2011 Tony Awards


Broadway’s marquee talent gathered in force at New York City’s Beacon Theatre on Sunday, June 12, for the 65th Annual Tony Awards. While they walked the red carpet, listened to host Neil Patrick Harris belt out show tunes with Hugh Jackman’s help, and watched the night’s top winner, The Book of Mormon, take home nine trophies, we were on the scene to find the most mortifying things that had ever happened to them while performing.

”As I lifted [a costar], with my posterior aimed at the audience, I passed gas, in an explosive form.”
—Past nominee Kelsey Grammer, pictured with previous Tony host Hugh Jackman

”I lost my underwear during Thoroughly Modern Millie. I hit my final pose and my underwear fell down. They were like little tap shorts.”
—Sutton Foster, winner, Best Actress in a Musical, Anything Goes

”I knocked myself out while on stage once. I ran across the stage and hit a wall. The audience thought it was hilarious.”
—John Larroquette, winner, Best Featured Actor in a Musical, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying

”It has to be Wicked. Flying in on a rope like Errol Flynn in tight white pants. I bent over, ripped my pants up the back.”
—Norbert Leo Butz, winner, Best Actor in a Musical, Catch Me if You Can

”I was doing a production of Fiddler on the Roof in high school, and I didn’t realize my zipper was open the entire first act.”
—Josh Gad, nominee, Best Actor in a Musical, The Book of Mormon

”I was in Tom Sawyer in sixth grade. I was so nervous that I went to pee right before. You know that thing ‘No matter how you shake and dance, the last drop’s always in your pants?’ I peed a little bit in my overalls.”
—John Benjamin Hickey, winner, Best Featured Actor in a Play, The Normal Heart

”[During the London run] I get up in the second act to sing ‘Bless Our Show’ and all of the lines completely went away. I said something like ‘Bless our schmoo-jo.’ I just started shaking. It was the most terrible moment in my life.”
—Patina Miller, nominee, Best Actress in a Musical, Sister Act