Mic Drops! Speeches! Songs! Playbill Staff Shares Favorite Moments from 2013 Tony Awards

By Playbill Staff
11 Jun 2013



Cicely Tyson
Photo by CBS

ADAM HETRICK, Playbill.com Editor in Chief

Neil Patrick Harris (with the help of lyricist Lin-Manuel Miranda) spoke to the kid in me during the opening number when he rapped:

There's a kid in the middle of nowhere
sitting there, living for Tony performances singin' and flippin' along with the Pippins and Wickeds and Kinkys Matildas and Mormonses.
So we might reassure that kid and do something to spur that kid.
Cause I promise you all of us up here tonight.
We were that kid and now we're bigger.

The look on the faces of A Christmas Story writers Benj Pasek and Justin Paul when Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Jane Krakowski announced the nominees for Best Score. Those guys are living their childhood dream (and the theatre kid in all of us gets to go along for the ride).

Cicely Tyson's acceptance speech, which put a lump in my throat: "I cannot help but remember all of the thumb prints that have touched this being during the course of her career. My mother and father, my sister and brother, none of whom are here with me. I am the sole surviving member of my immediate family. I've asked over and over again, 'Why?' I know know why. It's been 30 years since I stood on stage, I really didn't think it would happen again in my lifetime." After all that, she even turned the "wrap it up" cue into a golden moment.

Michael John LaChiusa's "On TV" medley featuring Laura Benanti's riffing on "Ladies Who Lunch" and lamenting two canceled TV shows with a bottle of booze.

Yes, I'm also on team Audra McDonald's mic drop. It even has its own twitter account. Follow it (@AudraMcDsMic).

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