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The Top 4 Reasons to Watch the Tony Awards Tonight

Unfortunately this list also does not include “Because Neil Patrick Harris is making a surprise appearance,” but only because I haven’t heard he will. That said, there’s plenty of reason to tune in to CBS at 8pm EST to catch Broadway’s finest.

4. Because Glee‘s Lea Michele is going to perform “Don’t Rain On My Parade” from Funny Girl, just like she did on the show, and it’s going to be incred.

3. Because David Hyde Pierce, who won a Tony for Curtains, will appear on stage with his Fraiser pal Kelsey Grammer, currently starring in La Cage aux Folles, and we love it when a plan comes together.

2. Because that gal from Murder, She Wrote, who won her fifth Tony at age 83 for her Blithe Spirit performance, is causing a commotion.

1. Because the show’s host Sean Hayes is, reportedly, going to take on Newsweek‘s Ramin Setoodeh, at least in comedic form. Even though he said he was dropping it.

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  • Jesse Helms

    Where was his boyfriend Will and the fag hag Grace?

  • hephaestion

    Sean Hayes has been BRILLIANT! His opening number piano playing was JAW-DROPPINGLY magnificent! Then his opening monologue was the funniest thing I’ve seen in AGES. He has proven to be the best awards show host EVER. Utterly wonderful!! I am impressed.

    And I was thrilled to see Ricky Martin doing an introduction, looking hot!

  • scott ny'er

    Sean was good.

    Bebe must have been biting her lip, watching her movie Chicago double win a Tony.

    Green Day performance = highlight of the show.

  • s_b

    I was very impressed with Matthew Morrison’s performance!

  • rudy

    Left this year’s Oscars in the dust.

  • ron

    Ok, did anyone else find that Catherine Zeta-Jones could not sing or act? I don’t care about her losing her voice. It just goes to show she can’t perform onstage. And then to get a Tony for her performance?!….They marginalized Sean Hayes…..And what I wanted to see was Marian Seldes get her Lifetime Achievement Award, and they cut it to a tiny flash.

  • Keke

    I thought Sean did an amazing job, Showed what a truly talented actor He really is.
    The show over all was very entertaining.
    I felt bad it was on against the NBA finals, and most of America were most likely watching basketball instead of the Broadway awards.
    all the straight stars in the audience were probably white knuckling it for 3 hrs the whole time they had to
    sit there and watch the show and pretend they were glad to be in there.

  • scott ny'er

    @ron: Well… I know I was bored by Zeta-Jones. But apparently, the voters loved her. I was also bored by a lot of the other acts on the Tonys too. While I think the Glee actors are over-hyped and over-exposed, their performances were pretty good.

  • MC


    Catherine Zeta-Jones’s voice was notoriously rough during the show and her acting was all over the place, but they didn’t award her the Tony for that. They gave it for her performance at the revival of A Little Night Music, which I can personally attest was great. It wasn’t revolutionary, but it serviced the role quite well and her voice was much better. Maybe a combination of the change of venues (Radio City is rarely kind to Broadway shows when they make their switch for Tony night) and general vocal fatigue contributed to what we saw on screen?

  • Andrew

    Was it me or was Catherine Zeta Jones sweating profusely during her acceptance speech?

  • fredo777

    @scott ny’er: “I was also bored by a lot of the other acts on the Tonys too”

    Then you should have tuned out.

    I thought the show, as a whole, was fantastically entertaining.

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