Neil Patrick Harris Sings Cutely at the Tonys


The 11 o’clock number from last night’s Tony awards–done at 11:03–came when host Neil Patrick Harris belted a ditty that used the melodies from West Side Story and Guys and Dolls to sum up the night’s zaniness with all new lyrics. At the after-party, Harris told me composers Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman (Hairspray) were backstage working on the song all through the show, and he’d consult with them to decide which things were funniest and should be kept in.

Best lyric: “This show could not be any gayer/If Liza was named mayor/And Elton John took flight.” I also loved the bit about Angela Lansbury hooking up with Poison. What a slut!