Hosted by a very bouncy Hugh Jackman, the 2014 Tony Awards – held at New York City’s Radio Music Hall on Sunday night – proved to be a rather riotous and historic affair.
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One of the most-talked about moments (aside from the show's opening, in which the Australian showman hopped around the theatre like a bunny rabbit!) was a revival of a song from the 1950s musical The Music Man. Hugh was joined by LL Cool J and TI to turn the classic “Rock Island" tune into an unconventional rap version, which was dubbed "the first hip-hop performance of the Tony Awards."
Former host Neil Patrick Harris took home his first award for Best Lead Actor in a Musical for his role in Hedwig and the Angry Inch, in which he plays a German transsexual rock singer. The How I Met Your Mother actor later took to the stage in full costume while working the star-studded crowd (Orlando Bloom was treated to a front-row spectacle of impressive thrusting while Sting enjoyed a lap dance).
On a more serious note, Audra McDonald made Tony history by winning her sixth award – the most for any actress ever – and broke down while delivering a moving speech, which was met with thunderous applause.
Bryan Cranston, meanwhile, took home an award for best actor for his Broadway debut in All the Way, proving that the Breaking Bad star is as versatile as he is talented.
And yet there were other celebrities who garnered buzz that evening by simply showing up. Leighton Meester and Adam Brody made their first red-carpet appearance together since secretly tying the knot earlier this year, with Leighton dazzling in a white, bridal-inspired ensemble.
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THE 2014 TONY AWARDS LIST OF BIG WINNERS:
Beautiful — The Carole King Musical
WINNER: A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder
Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical
Ramin Karimloo, Les Miserables
Andy Karl, Rocky
Jefferson Mays, A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder
Bryce Pinkham, A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder
WINNER: Neil Patrick Harris, Hedwig and the Angry Inch
Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical
Mary Bridget Davies, A Night with Janis Joplin
Sutton Foster, Violet
Idina Menzel, If/Then
Kelly O'Hara, The Bridges of Madison County
WINNER: Jesse Mueller, Beautiful — The Carole King Musical
Mothers and Sons
WINNER:All the Way
Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Play
Tyne Daly, Mothers and Sons
LaTanya Richardson Jackson, A Raisin in the Sun
Cherry Jones, The Glass Menagerie
Estelle Parsons, The Velocity of Autumn
WINNER: Audra McDonald, Lady Day at Emerson's Bar & Grill
Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play
Samuel Barnett, Twelfth Night
Chris O'Dowd, Of Mice and Men
Mark Rylance, Richard III
Tony Shalhoub, Act One
WINNER: Bryan Cranston, All the Way