SheKnows already gave kudos to the 2011 Tony winners, including the South Park boys’ sweeper The Book of Mormon, and also gave Neil Patrick Harris a shout-out for his hysterical Tony opener, “Put down your Playboy and pick up your Playbill — it’s not just for gays anymore!”
If you want to get the full wrap-up on what went down at the Tonys June 12, 2011, however, NPH took care of that, as well. The host with the most closed the night by rapping a wrap-up written by In the Heights writer-star Lin-Manuel Miranda and director Tommy Kail.
In a night full of rocking performances, showstopper and best performer Tony award winner Norbert Leo Butz (Catch Me If You Can) absolutely deserves mention; but Neil Patrick Harris stole the night with three fantastic numbers, including the opener, that adorable duet with Hugh Jackman and the NPH “Rap Up,” which was reportedly his first ever attempt at rapping.
NPH’s Tony rap Up Clip:
Get the story on the Tonys straight from host Neil Patrick Harris. Here’s a clip of NPH’s closing rap, followed by the lyrics to his premiere performance.
NPH’s Tony rap Up lyrics:
Here are the lyrics to NPH’s Tony Rap Up, written by Lin-Manuel Miranda and Tommy Kail:
Tomorrow, if anyone asks you what happened at the Tonys, you can say this:
We straightened things out in the opening number,
Ellen Barkin and John Benjamin Hickey took home awards for their hilarious performances in The Normal Heart.
Daniel Radcliffe kicked some butt, and we were so elated
Even Voldemort was sad he wasn’t nominated
Norbert Leo Butz sang and danced and tried to catch ya, comin’ atcha
Chasing Trey and Casey ’cause they nabbed a Tony statue
Commencing in the Chattanooga station
From the grand imagination of the Kander-Ebb collaboration
It takes a lot for a recipient to humble me
But everybody cried for gorgeous Nikki James, the bumblebee
Andrew Rannells sang I Believe and he landed it
So well now he’s Mitt Romney’s VP candidate
All across the country, from the north and to the south
They’re saying Brooke’s a hottie with a crazy potty mouth
John Larroquette brought an eloquent mood to the room
I’m still imagining him at home in his Fruit-of-the-Looms
Spider-Man and Mary-Jane gave us perspective here
They sang a ballad, we didn’t need protective gear
Patina Miller’s nun sang Raise Your Voice with cheer
And Memphis is relentless, they’re performing every year
The Normal Heart won, Larry Kramer made us weep
And War Horse dazzled us with a theatrical sweep
Sutton Foster never lost her knack
For talking smack
And tapping a full-on assault attack
I’m awesome, Hugh Jackman, take that
Go ahead and roll the credits if you need to
I’m out of control, I’m on a roll, this is my Tonys speed-through
Anything Goes took the best revival prize in stride
We didn’t see it, we were singing Side By Side By Side
McDormand loves her job, Sutton Foster won again
Paul Shaffer sang and suddenly it started raining men
Mark Rylance runs at fences, he’s won the Tony twice
That guy can do it all, his follow-up is Fanny Bryce
Norbert Butz and Mormon swept the floor
Won even more awards than War Horse
Par for the course,
Someone get a car for the horse
And in the final analysis, what survives tonight?
Theater, because it’s what we live, we’re changing some lives tonight
And theater thrives because we live to give it, so to speak
This ain’t reality TV, this is eight shows a week
Every chorus member that you saw tonight tappin’
Had to make miracles happen
For a chance to see you clappin’
And applauding in the audience. What’s next? Who knows?
Anything goes. Now go see a mother [expletive] Broadway show.
Thank you, good night.