WATCH: Neil Patrick Harris, Hugh Jackman Delight At 2012 Tony Awards
Neil Patrick Harris, 38, hosted for the third time at the 66th Annual Tony Awards on Sunday night, which was broadcast on CBS, and the How I Met Your Mother star opened up the Tony's by saying, "Welcome to the 66th Annual Tony Awards, or, as we call it, 'Fifty Shades of Gay.'"
Harris then proceeded to sing a number based on how life would be if it were a musical, hang upside-down from the ceiling in a Spider-Man homage, and do a mash-up of the nominated musical songs. Ricky Martin also showed up to sing his "And the Money Kept Rolling In" from Evita, in which he plays the Che Guevara character opposite Elena Roger as Eva Peron.
Hugh Jackman was honored with a surprise award for his charity work, in which he raised $1,789,580 for the Broadway Cares / Equity Fights AIDS charity. Jackman's wife, Deborra-Lee Furness, presented him with the award. "She's never kept a secret in her entire life," said a shocked Jackman as he accepted.
The big winners of the evening included the musical Once, which took home eight awards, the play Peter and the Starcatcher, which nabbed five, and Bruce Norris' Clybourne Park, which won the Best Play Tony Award. Last year's big winner, Trey Parker and Matt Stone's Book of Mormon, also started out the night with a musical number that included later winner for Best Actress in a Featured Role, Judith Light, Matthew Broderick, and James Earl Jones.
Check out some highlights from the 66th Annual Tony Awards here:
For a full list of winners:
Play: "Clybourne Park."
Revival of a Play: "Death of a Salesman."
Revival of a Musical: "The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess."
Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play: James Corden, "One Man, Two Guvnors."
Performance by an Actress in Leading Role in a Play: Nina Arianda, "Venus in Fur."
Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical: Steve Kazee, "Once."
Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical: Audra McDonald, "The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess."
Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Play: Christian Borle, "Peter and the Starcatcher."
Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Play: Judith Light, "Other Desert Cities."
Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Musical: Michael McGrath, "Nice Work If You Can Get It."
Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical: Judy Kaye, "Nice Work If You Can Get It."
Book of a Musical: Enda Walsh, "Once"
Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre: "Newsies."
Direction of Play: Mike Nichols, "Death of a Salesman."
Direction of a Musical: John Tiffany, "Once."
Choreography: Christopher Gattelli, "Newsies."
Orchestration: Martin Lowe, "Once."
Sound Design of a Play: Darron L. West, "Peter and the Starcatcher."
Sound Design of a Musical: Clive Goodwin, "Once."
Costume Design of a Play: Paloma Young, "Peter and the Starcatcher."
Costume Design of a Musical: Gregg Barnes, "Follies."
Scenic Design Play: Donyale Werle, "Peter and the Starcatcher"
Scenic Design of a Musical: Bob Crowley, "Once."
Lighting Design of a Play: Jeff Croiter, "Peter and the Starcatcher."
Lighting Design of a Musical: Natasha Katz, "Once"
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