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Neil Patrick Harris Earns High Marks for the 2012 Tony Awards: Twitter Reacts

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Neil Patrick Harris Earns High Marks for the 2012 Tony Awards: Twitter Reacts
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Neil Patrick Harris can apparently do no wrong. After opening the 2012 Tony Awards in true NPH fashion — “Welcome to the 66th Annual Tony Awards, or as we like to call it, Fifty Shades of Gay,” he joked at the show’s opening — the “How I Met Your Mother” co-star kept things light, breezy, and, more importantly, entertaining. At one point during the problem, Harris descended from the ceiling as Spider-Man, stating that “any concerns I had about this ‘Spider-Man’ rig failing have been overshadowed by the searing pain in my junk.”

Insert even more laughter here.

Although a lot of people are more concerned with who took home statuettes — Audra McDonald, Judith Light, Christian Borle, and James Corden all took home awards — a large selection of the population tuned in just to see Neil Patrick Harris, who opened the show was an impressive number. Did you really expect anything less from the “Doogie Howser” star? The Los Angeles Times wondered why NPH couldn’t host every awards program, and I’m inclined to agree. Even if you don’t have a vested interest in Broadway, chances are you’ll be entertained by Harris.

If you missed the telecast, you can check out Neil Patrick Harris’ opening and closing numbers below. After that, take a moment to look over a few Twitter reactions to the actor’s stint as host. As you can tell, a lot of people seem to think the guy is the bees knees. And even if you’re not a fan of Harris himself, you have to admit that the guy knows how to put on a show.

Before jumping into the clips, have a look at this complete list of winners:

Musical: “Once.”
Play: “Clybourne Park.”
Revival of a Play: “Death of a Salesman.”
Revival of a Musical: “The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess.”
Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play: James Corden, “One Man, Two Guvnors.”
Performance by an Actress in Leading Role in a Play: Nina Arianda, “Venus in Fur.”
Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical: Steve Kazee, “Once.”
Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical: Audra McDonald, “The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess.”
Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Play: Christian Borle, “Peter and the Starcatcher.”
Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Play: Judith Light, “Other Desert Cities.”
Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Musical: Michael McGrath, “Nice Work If You Can Get It.”
Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical: Judy Kaye, “Nice Work If You Can Get It.”
Book of a Musical: Enda Walsh, “Once”
Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre: “Newsies.”
Direction of Play: Mike Nichols, “Death of a Salesman.”
Direction of a Musical: John Tiffany, “Once.”
Choreography: Christopher Gattelli, “Newsies.”
Orchestration: Martin Lowe, “Once.”
Sound Design of a Play: Darron L. West, “Peter and the Starcatcher.”
Sound Design of a Musical: Clive Goodwin, “Once.”
Costume Design of a Play: Paloma Young, “Peter and the Starcatcher.”
Costume Design of a Musical: Gregg Barnes, “Follies.”
Scenic Design Play: Donyale Werle, “Peter and the Starcatcher”
Scenic Design of a Musical: Bob Crowley, “Once.”
Lighting Design of a Play: Jeff Croiter, “Peter and the Starcatcher.”
Lighting Design of a Musical: Natasha Katz, “Once”

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