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Neil Patrick Harris Raps Tonys Closing Number

Neil Patrick Harris Raps Tonys Closing Number

Watch Neil Patrick Harris rap the closing number of the 2011 Tony Awards!

The 37-year-old actor hosted the star-studded event honoring the best in theater.

Neil recapped the evening with a rap written by Lin-Manuel Miranda, who performed in In The Heights and rapped his Tonys acceptance speech back in 2008!

Love the playful shoutout to Hugh Jackman!

Click inside to read the lyrics to NPH‘s Tonys rap…


Neil Patrick Harris Raps Tonys Closing Number

Tomorrow, if anyone asks you what happened at the Tonys, you can say this:
We straightened things out in the opening number, Ellen Barkin and John Benjamin Hickey took home awards for their hilarious performances in “The Normal Heart.”
Daniel Radcliffe kicked some butt, and we were so elated
Even Voldemort was sad he wasn’t nominated
Norbert Leo Butz sang and danced and tried to catch ya, comin’ atcha,
Chasing Trey and Casey ’cause they nabbed a Tony statue
Commencing in the Chattanooga station
From the grand imagination of the Kander-Ebb collaboration
It takes a lot for a recipient to humble me
But everybody cried for gorgeous Nikki James, the bumblebee
Andrew Rannells sang “I Believe” and he landed it
So well now he’s Mitt Romney’s VP candidate
All across the country, from the north and to the south
They’re saying Brooke’s a hottie with a crazy potty mouth
John Larroquette brought an eloquent mood to the room
I’m still imagining him at home in his Fruit-of-the-Looms
Spider-Man and Mary-Jane gave us perspective here
They sang a ballad, we didn’t need protective gear
Patina Miller’s nun sang “Raise Your Voice” with cheer
And “Memphis” is relentless, they’re performing every year
“The Normal Heart” won, Larry Kramer made us weep
And “War Horse” dazzled us with a theatrical sweep
Sutton Foster never lost her knack
For talking smack
And tapping a full-on assault attack
I’m awesome, Hugh Jackman, take that
Go ahead and roll the credits if you need to
I’m out of control, I’m on a roll, this is my Tonys speed-through
“Anything Goes” took the best revival prize in stride
We didn’t see it, we were singing “Side By Side By Side.”
McDormand loves her job, Sutton Foster won again
Paul Shaffer sang and suddenly it started raining men
Mark Rylance runs at fences, he’s won the Tony twice
That guy can do it all, his follow-up is “Fanny Bryce.”
Norbert Butz and “Mormon” swept the floor,
Won even more awards than “War Horse”
Par for the course,
Someone get a car for the horse
And in the final analysis, what survives tonight?
Theater, because it’s what we live, we’re changing some lives tonight
And theater thrives because we live to give it, so to speak
This ain’t reality TV, this is eight shows a week
Every chorus member that you saw tonight tappin’
Had to make miracles happen
For a chance to see you clappin’
And applauding in the audience. What’s next? Who knows?
Anything goes. Now go see a … Broadway show.
Thank you, good night.

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Posted to: 2011 Tony Awards, Broadway, Neil Patrick Harris

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2 Comments

# 1

Neil Patrick Harris is one of the best awards show host ever. I had a feeling Lin-Manuel Miranda wrote that ending rap. It is impressive how they put that together with the still photos of what he was rapping about in time for the ending. It took Neil a few lines to get into it.

# 2

Big shout out to the birthday man! Happy 38th birthday neil!! Have a great and blessed one!! Love u so much!!!:)

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