Live-blogging the 2012 Tony Awards
10:25 p.m. And then the first commercial after the performance is for Broadway at Sea on that cruise line. Yeah. Icky.
10:30 p.m. Emanuel Azenberg received a Lifetime Achievement award. As we already heard, Bernadette Peters received an honorary award as well.
10:31 p.m. Apparently Hugh Jackman hadn't known that his wife, Deborra Lee Furness, was presenting him with some sort of award for his contribution to Broadway and Broadway-related charitable causes. Did she just tell Hugh that she was getting up to go to the bathroom? Seconds before he was going to receive his award? Yes, if we trust Mr. Jackman. "Just off to the loo," Jackman jokes of his wife's secret-keeping. In any case, Broadway is VERY invested in the success of "Les Miserables," eh? Jackman is very gracious, humbled and candid. "I know how much you hate public speaking, but this is probably the greatest thing you've ever done for me," Hugh tells his wife. Awww.
10:39 p.m. "I just got terrible news that the cast of 'Hairspray' has been taken over by pirates... of Penzance," Harris cracks. He then introduces Candice Bergen, who will be presenting Lead Actor in a Play and Lead Actor in a Musical Lead Actor in a Musical is first and the winner is... Steve Kazee for "Once." He's earnest and earnestly touched. His final tribute to his mother really does bring tears to my eyes.
10:39 p.m. Lead Actor in a Play time. It's a damn star-studded field. The winner is James Corden for "One Man, Two Guvnors." In an awkward moment, James Earl Jones seems to hear "James" but not the last name and he looks incredulous, before being told who won. Or at least that's what I saw. Did somebody see somebody different? James Earl Jones has recovered seconds later when Corden salutes him. Corden is also touched and sweating. I like his adoring send-off to his baby mama, of whom he says, "She makes me say 'us' instead of 'I' and 'we' instead of 'me.'"
10:44 p.m. Scene from "Leap of Faith."
10:49 p.m. We still have three more awards to give out, right? Can we do that quickly? I really want to watch the "Mad Men" finale...
10:50 p.m. Christopher Plummer in the house! Nice that he's an Academy Award winner now. He's doing Lead Actress in a Play and Lead Actress in a Musical. Play is first. This is a star-packed category and the winner is Nina Arianda for "Venus in Fur." "Sir, you were my first crush," she tells Christopher Plummer, dropping a "Sound of Music" reference. Plummer looks chuffed. "I might not do this again. Hold on!" Arianda tells the band as it begins to play her off. That was spirited and likable.
10:54 p.m. Lead Actress in a Musical is in the bag, so nobody's surprised that the winner is... Audra McDonald for "The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess." This is her fifth Tony and her first as a leading actress. That's pretty astounding. She gets a well-deserved standing ovation. She's emotional and she gives good speech. Awe. She ends by telling her adorable daughter, sitting out in the crowd, that the night she was born was the best night of her life. Awwww.
11:00 p.m. Our final presenters are Trey Parker and Matt Stone. They're amusing as they joke about how their wins last year make them "The Broadway Establishment." The winner for Best Musical is... "Once." So many shows I wish I'd seen. Glen and Marketa don't get to come up on the stage. The producer tells the old story of the elixir that is "theater."
11:04 p.m. Final musical number? "If I had time I would sing a little song recapping these awards," Harris sings. This is pretty much the highlight of Harris' hosting gigs, including lines like, "Is Harvey Fierstein gay? Who knows?" I also like the joking about how Nina Arianda's speech was what cost them them time. I don't think this was the best of Harris' show-enders, but it was still clever.
That was the Tonys. What did you think?