Neil Patrick Harris hosts Tony Awards 2011 in style
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Neil Patrick Harris hosts Tony Awards 2011 in style

Los Angeles : CA : USA | Jun 13, 2011 at 1:20 PM PDT
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Tony Awards 2011 - Hugh Jackman & Neil Patrick Harris - Dueling .

The famous Barney Stinson from the award-winning sitcom “How I Met Your Mother”, Neil Patrick Harris, was announced as the host for the Tony Awards 2011 against former Tony MC Hugh Jackman.

At the ceremony, Neil Patrick Harris defended himself against Jackman for his right to host the Tony Awards. His charismatic personality, humor and good timing with comedy got him immense applause from the audience.

Hugh Jackman was seen getting bummed out about the decision that he did not get the hosting nod for the fourth time in his career.

One of the highlights of the Awards night was the song and dance duet of NPH with Hugh Jackman. Harris’s closing rap, which was written by Tony winner Lin-Manuel Miranda, also managed to awe people.

Neil Patrick Harris’s opening number at the Tony Awards gave the audience much to laugh about; the song was about Broadway not being just for gay people any more.

The movie "The Book of Mormon" seemed to be the talk of the show as it earned nine Tony Awards including Best Musical, Best Original Score and Best Book of a Musical.

Tony Awards 2011 winners were not as surprising as one would have expected.

In the category of Best New Play, "War Horse", which is a puppet-driven family drama, was able to beat the tough competition given by "Good People" and "Jerusalem".

In the Play categories, there were almost 25 new plays and play revivals that were nominated and seen on the boards – that managed to even outnumber musicals.

This season, two English plays managed to climb up for the top honors. One was "Jerusalem", the singularly English play headed by the sublime Rylance, and the other one was a spectacle that began at the National Theatre, transferred to the West End and then came to Broadway with an American cast.

The venue of the Tony Awards 2011 was seating an audience of 2900.

"Look at this, it's amazing,” Harris shouted as he walked up the aisle. “Look at all these straight people. James Earl Jones, you're straight. Vanessa Williams, you're straight. Joe Mantello … thanks for coming.”

Harris made some witty remarks during his opening song that made the crowd double with laughter. Harris joked as he approached Brook Shields, “Brooke Shields, you're super hot, you made me think I was straight for like 23 years, any comments?”

The star studded Awards night had two significant highlights; one was "The Book of Mormon" and the other one was the host of the evening, Neil Patrick Harris.

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