There’s no business like show business: Broadway’s brightest shined at the 67th Annual Tony Awards on Sunday night.
Harvey Fierstein and Cyndi Lauper’s Kinky Boots swept the show with six Tonys, including Best Score and Best Musical. The night’s other big winners were Matilda and Pippin, both picking up four Tonys.
Neil Patrick Harris returned as the show's host and once again he did not disappoint. His cracking jokes and catchy musical numbers throughout the ceremony had everyone laughing and engaged.
There was speculation that Harris said the n-word during the opening performance, which featured boxer Mike Tyson dancing alongside Harris. However, Harris refuted the controversy on Twitter, calling the Daily Mail’s accusations “disrespectful.”
Harris also took part in a tongue-in-cheek performance with Broadway stars about the woes of having canceled TV shows. Megan Hilty (Smash), Andrew Rannells (The New Normal) and Laura Benanti (The Playboy Club, Go On) had no problem laughing at themselves in a satirical performance. Meanwhile, the host proudly boasted about his success on the still-standing hit show How I Met Your Mother.
Tony-winner Lauper sang her classic tune “True Colors” for a touching In Memoriam segment, and there was not a dry eye in the house.
Another memorable performance came from the cast of A Christmas Story’s “You’ll Shoot Your Eye Out,” which starred adorable young tap dancers that melted the audience's hearts.
This year's big upset went to Tracy Letts, who beat the likes of Nathan Lane, Tom Hanks, David Hyde Pierce and Tom Sturridge for the Best Performance by an Actor in a Play award. Letts previously won a Tony as a playwright, but this time he won an award for his role as George in Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
Cicely Tyson won Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Play for The Trip to Bountiful, which marked her return to Broadway after 30 years away from the stage. The actress gave a moving acceptance speech that was one of the highlights of the night.
The night wrapped up with one last performance from Harris, this time with five-time Tony winner Audra McDonald for their own rendition of Jay-Z's "Empire State of Mind."