Monday, August 25, 2014

The Very Best Extra Performances from the Emmy-Winning 2013 Tony Awards

The Emmy Awards are finally upon us, and not only will we all have our share of fangirling over Jon Hamm (of Mad Men) and hard-core girl-crushing on Kerry Washington (of Scandal), but the Broadway community has been honored yet again this year. The 67th Annual Tony Awards telecast (2013) was nominated for a record 7 Creative Arts Emmy Awards and took home two:

Outstanding Special Class Program – Ricky Kirshner, Executive Producer, Glenn Weiss Executive Producer and Neil Patrick Harris, Host/Producer

Outstanding Original Music and Lyrics “Bigger!” – Music by Tom Kitt, Lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda

This is the third year in a row that the Tonys have won in these categories! There's still a chance that they'll take home more Emmys though, because at tonight's Emmy broadcast for the categories we care about (it's true though), the winners of Outstanding Directing for a Variety Special and Outstanding Writing for a Variety Special will be announced. The fact that an awards show can be nominated for an award is really confusing to me, but awesome. So if you're like me, you probably are having a hard time remembering what exactly was on the 2013 Tony Awards, so allow me to remind you. Here are the top two extra performances from last year's Tonys!

"Bigger!" - 2013 Tony Awards opener
In this classic Neil Patrick Harris opener, NPH parodies the Best Musical winner from the previous year, Once and dances with casts from the year's new Broadway shows like Kinky Boots, Motown, Pippin, Bring it On, Matilda, A Christmas StoryAnnie, Newsies, Cinderella, then the cast of just about every musical on Broadway. This opener has my favorite line to describe last season which was full of kids on Broadway, "They're the reason this whole season seems to look like Chuck E. Cheese," and "Can I have my Tom Hooper, Les Mis cloesup please?"


"I Like to Be on a TV Show" - Neil Patrick Harris, Andrew Rannells, Megan Hilty, and Laura Benanti
This mash-up parody about the pains of trying to be on TV is hilarious! It features parodies to "America" from West Side Story, "Here's to the Ladies Who Lunch," from Company, and of course "What I Did for Love," from A Chorus Line. Megan Hilty has a great closing line in this one about why actors are in the business.


What were your favorite performances from last year's Tony Awards?

Sally Henry www.BroadwayWorld.com/author/Sally-Henry // Twitter: www.twitter.com/bwayginger // Facebook: www.facebook.com/singularsensationbway

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