New Thing #161: The Tonys Opening Number

TonysI won't lie - it's been kind of a crazy week. I haven't had a chance to listen to any new music.

I figured on Sunday I'd listen to one of the songs nominated for a Tony Award and call it a day.

As it turns out, I don't think they nominate individual songs - just the musicals themselves, as far as I can tell.

Still, I figured if I watched the Tony Awards long enough Sunday night I'd find something new worth writing about.

I didn't have to wait long.

Neil Patrick Harris, the host of the Tonys, opened with a musical number that paid tribute to a number of Broadway shows as well as the fact that the event was back (I think?) in Radio City Music Hall...sorry for not knowing for sure. This is not my area of expertise. (New Thing!)

I know this, though - the musical number was awesome.

If you didn't know, Harris is talented. He's hosted this show before, and I think I saw him do it. Or maybe that was the Emmys. But he did a similar song-and-dance routine there too. (He did say during the Tonys that it was his 4th time hosting this show.) He can sing, he can dance, you probably know he has great comic timing...he's talented.

This act featured some circus acts - that's him jumping through a hoop in the picture above - and some magic, a la Pippin, and spoofs/tributes of a number of other shows, including singing from the top of a cheerleader pyramid, a la Bring It On.

I'm not sure if this is the type of thing that gets put on YouTube or not, but it's worth a search to see it in its entirety...whether or not you're a fan of Broadway shows.

The song itself wasn't bad. Probably called something like It's Bigger, if you need help with your search.

As a quick bit of background info, I'm not the biggest Broadway fan in the world, but I do enjoy a good show. And what Neil Patrick Harris does - man, am I a fan of that. I'd love to be a singing, dancing, emceeing act. Even acting - I'd like to give that a whirl. For now, though, I'll just have to continue to live it vicariously.

UPDATE: Here's the video from YouTube: