What Was Gay About Last Night’s Tony Awards, Besides Everything

The Tony Awards joke that’s been told so many times it’s not even a joke at this point became the subject of host Neil Patrick Harris‘ opening number at last night’s annual dispersal of trophies to New York stage productions most people still haven’t seen or even yet heard about in a song called “It’s Not Just For Gays Anymore.”

In the accompanying video, please enjoy Brooke Shields (currently on Broadway in The Addams Family) as she takes a stab at assisting NPH with a singing cameo. Then another stab. Then a third one where she finally kinda/sorta gets the job done. Except not at all, really. That begins at the 3:10 mark.

As for the rest of the night, the other big homo moments included Larry Kramer‘s 1985 beginning-of-the-AIDS-crisis drama The Normal Heart winning the Tony for Best Revival of a Play, both Ellen Barkin and John Benjamin Hickey winning awards for Best Performance by An Actress in a Featured Role and Best Performance by An Actor In a Featured Role, respectively; NPH dueting with Hugh Jackman in a who’s-the-better-awards-show-host bit that included them crooning “You’re the Top” to one another; and Martha Wash belting out her vintage disco anthem  “It’s Raining Men” currently showcased in the musical Priscilla, Queen of The Desert.

In other words, nothing out of the ordinary. Congratulations to all the winners.

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  • andy

    What a great number.

  • Hotone2me

    We love you Neil Patrick Harris!!! Great job and great hosting!!! :)

  • Vinci S.

    Loved the opening number, loved the duet with Jackman, thought Brooke Shields was nervous, but managed to deliver. (That’s all I saw. Looks like it was probably an entertaining night all together.)

  • Michael

    Did anyone catch the People’s Choice awards two years ago where both Hugh Jackman and Taylor Lautner brought their boyfriends???

  • mbm2


    caught the show, but who were the boyfriends?

    the camera @ the Tonys showed Jim Parsons and his boyfriend, but only Jackman and his “wife” (who looks a bit like Olivia Newton-John).

    I know for sure that the following are couples: Z. Efron and Ryan Rottman, Z. Quinto and Jonathan Groff, C. Crawford and T. Romo, M. Morrison and H. Shum, R. Pattinson and Tom Sturridge, W. Smith and Duane Martin, J. Gyllenhaal and P. Sarsgaard, L. DiCaprio and T. Maguire.

  • Dick

    You’d think the writers would have learned not to include Vanessa Redgrave in a bit. A few years back at the Drama Desk awards, Kristen Chenoweth went into the audience to interact with the crowd. She asked Vanessa about some American Idol contestants and Vanessa just stared and said “I don’t know who those people are”, leaving Kristen hanging there. On the other hand, I loved NPH last night.

  • alan Balehead

    they did ask alot of people to sit away from their bf’s this time….

  • Kieran

    The uber-talented Neil Patrick Harris singlehandedly saved the Tony Awards from being one long snoozefest.

  • robert in NYC

    I nominate NPH as Oscar emcee in 2012. Such a talented man and cute too! So adorable! Who couldn’t love him?

  • Scott Gatz

    I thought this year’s Tony’s was one of the best in a long time. NPH did well and the acts were all quite good.

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