Neil Patrick Harris and Hugh Jackman mixed it up musically in a rivalry-tinged duet medley about which of them is the better Tony host — including a side-by-side dance-off to music from A Chorus Line. ”But if, buddy, I’m the bottom, you’re the top!” ?
TREY PARKER ON HIS OTHER PARTNER
Trey Parker, wearing a black sequined shirt apparently borrowed from Liza Minnelli’s closet, accepts Best Musical for the nine-time Tony winner The Book of Mormon and thanks ”our co-writer who passed away, Joseph Smith, the founder of the Mormon religion.”
BROOKE SHIELDS SAYS A MOUTHFUL
Presenter (and future Addams Family star) Brooke Shields curses — and gets bleeped by the CBS censors — while apologizing for screwing up her lines during Neil Patrick Harris’ opening number.
SUTTON FOSTER THANKS A VIP
While accepting the Tony as Best Actress in a Musical for Anything Goes, Sutton Foster tearfully thanks her dresser of nine years, who’s leaving her next week for Cape Cod.
NORBERT LEO BUTZ PAYS TRIBUTE TO HIS SLAIN SISTER
Catch Me If You Can star Norbert Leo Butz wins Best Actor in a Musical and thanks his sister, Teresa Ann Butz, who was murdered in 2009 in Seattle as he was performing in the pre-Broadway staging of Catch Me. ?
DANIEL RADCLIFFE SHOWS HIS STUFF
Daniel Radcliffe sings and dances up a storm (and does handstands!) performing the ”Brotherhood of Man” number from How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying with Tony-winning costar John Laroquette.?
FRANCES MCDORMAND'S FASHION CHOICE
Perhaps in solidarity with her working-class Boston character in Good People, Frances McDormand wears a denim jacket while collecting her trophy for Best Actress in a Play.
NIKKI M. JAMES' SPEECH FLIES HIGH
The Book of Mormon‘s Nikki M. James, winning the Tony as Best Featured Actress in a Musical, tearfully recalls her beloved Papi and cites the seemingly miraculous ability of bumblebees to fly, declaring, ”I come from a long line of bumblebees.” ?
ROCKERS WALK AMONG US
Bono and the Edge joke about their much-delayed musical, Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark. ”We used to be famous for being in U2,” Bono begins — which later prompts the Edge to note: ”This humble thing really works for you, man.”
MARK RYLANCE'S ''WHUH?'' MOMENT
Just as he did when he won a Tony in 2009, Jerusalem star Mark Rylance forgoes thanking his costars and delivers a bizarro poem by obscure Minnesota poet Louis Jenkins called ”Walking Through a Wall.” Why? ”I feel kind of sad when I win things,” he tells reporters afterward. ”I always thinks you should prepare something to say.”
A GAME CHRIS ROCK SKIPS THE BIG GAME
Chris Rock delivers a hilarious riff before announcing the final (anti-climactic) award, Best Musical: ”If you had told me that I would miss the best basketball game ever to hang out with Nathan Lane…”
Tony-winning triple threat Sutton Foster and Co. perform the tap-tastic title number from Anything Goes.?
STAGE VETS GET THEIR DUE
Vanessa Redgrave and James Earl Jones, stars of the just-closed revival of Driving Miss Daisy, get a well-deserved standing O before introducing clips from the season’s dramatic plays.