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Just How Gay Are This Year’s Tonys Going to Be?

The Oscars are often referred to as the “Gay Super Bowl,” and if that’s the case, the Tonys are more like the “Gay Stanley Cup,” although in New York in June there is not a lot of ice. This year’s Tony Awards ceremony takes place this Sunday, June 12thand will be broadcast live on CBS at 8pm EST. So just how gay will this year’s “Gay Stanley Cup” (that phrase just isn’t going to take off like I’d hoped) be?

Pretty gay.

This year’s Tonys are being hosted, for the second time, by America’s Second Favorite Homosexual: Neil Patrick Harris (Ellen is #1). And he will be performing a selection from this season’s limited run All-Star production of Company, along with other boldfaced names such as Stephen Colbert, Christina Hendricks, Martha Plimpton, and Anika Noni Rose.

The front-runner for Best Original Musical, The Book of Mormon, features a gay major character, and the arguable front-runner for Best Revival of a Play is the brilliant The Normal Heart by legendary gay-rights advocate Larry Kramer. The Normal Heart also features heartbreaking and Tony-nominated performances by Joe Mantello and John Benjamin Hickey, who are both openly gay.

Other notable gay actors nominated this year include Rory O’Malley, the openly gay actor who plays the closeted gay missionary Elder McKinley in The Book of Mormon, and Tony Sheldon, playing a transsexual woman in Priscilla Queen of the Desert. The creative team behind Best Original Musical nominee Catch Me if You Can also reads like a who’s who of gay Broadway- with a book by Terrence McNally (Love! Valour! Compassion!) and Music and Lyrics by partners Marc Shaiman and Scott Whitman (Hairspray).

This Sunday’s Tonys promise to be a gay old time, so pour yourself a drink, turn down the OBC recording of Follies, and tune to CBS at 8 to join Neil Patrick Harris in toasting this year’s Tony Award nominees and winners.

Prefer to travel? Check out NYC bars hosting Tony Award parties…

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By:           Charlie Leveridge
On:           Jun 12, 2011
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  • 14 Comments
    • David C
      David C

      The Tonys are the “Gay Superbowl”. The Oscars are just sad.

      Jun 12, 2011 at 9:28 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • alan Balehead
      alan Balehead

      Pretty Gay…there I said it!!

      Jun 12, 2011 at 10:44 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • christopher di spirito
      christopher di spirito

      America’s 2nd favorite homosexual is Neil Patrick Harris and Ellen is #1?

      Really? With whom? Wal Mart shoppers? Ellen is a bore. Neil Patrick Harris is genuinely talented.

      Jun 12, 2011 at 3:07 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • manfred
      manfred

      Will Chris Rock have the audacity to appear?

      Jun 12, 2011 at 6:09 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Chris
      Chris

      Neil number 2? Hmm, semi decent actor, host, song and dance guy but of average looks and appeal in the broad scope.

      Jun 12, 2011 at 8:18 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • han nah
      han nah

      OMG THIS IS THE BEST ARTICLE EVER, I FULLY SUPPORT NEILS PLACE AT #2 (GET OVER IT) AND I WANT TO READ MORE ARTICLES BY THIS HILARIOUS AUTHOR

      Jun 12, 2011 at 9:04 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • sam
      sam

      @christopher di spirito: um, yes. ellen is #1. You might prefer Harris, but in the end, Ellen has FARRRRRRRRRRRR more influence.
      That anyone can disagree is just ridiculous. THe woman’s a powerhouse!

      Jun 12, 2011 at 9:43 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • christopher di spirito
      christopher di spirito

      @sam: You’re right. Watching Ellen, a 54 year old woman, play Slapsies Slaps with an audience member after telling 3 flat jokes that hardly engender a laugh from her audience, is the stuff of legend. What was I thinking?

      Jun 12, 2011 at 9:49 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Ted B. (Charging Rhino)
      Ted B. (Charging Rhino)

      Ellen has the influence, NPH has the talent.

      Oh, and the hot and sweaty Daniel Radcliffe singing and dancing….woof.

      Jun 12, 2011 at 11:10 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • John
      John

      NPH – he’s forced out of closet and becomes patron saint of gay lemmings – zzzzzzzzzzzzz

      Jun 13, 2011 at 12:56 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • christopher di spirito
      christopher di spirito

      Neil Patrick Harris hit it out of the park tonight.

      He can sing, dance, act, write, produce and oh yeah, host. The guy is amazing.

      Jun 13, 2011 at 3:12 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • David Ehrenstein
      David Ehrenstein

      NPH FOR POTUS!!!

      Jun 13, 2011 at 9:31 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Kirby
      Kirby

      @David Ehrenstein: Well apparently he two-times like some have!

      Jun 13, 2011 at 10:23 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • ray ban
      ray ban

      He can sing, dance, act, write, produce and oh yeah, host. The guy is amazing.

      Jul 8, 2011 at 2:09 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·

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