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Neil Patrick Harris shines as Tony Awards host

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Early on, it was almost a foregone conclusion that the musical "The Book of Mormon" and the play "War Horse" were going to dominate the 65th annual Tony Awards. By the time Chris Rock came out to present the best musical statue to "The Book of Mormon," he joked about whether it was really necessary to go through the process of reading the nominees and opening the envelope.

"Mormon" won nine awards, while "War Horse" led all plays with five.

Neil Patrick Harris performs during the opening number of the 2011 Tony Awards. SARA KRULWICH PHOTO/THE NEW YORK TIMES

But through all the expected winners (and just a few surprises), host Neil Patrick Harris kept things moving and comedic, from his sassy opening number about Broadway being "not just for gays anymore" to the energetic rap that concluded the show and summarzied everything that happened during the previous three hours, including a couple of embarrassing Brooke Shields flubs.

See the complete list of Tony winners

His opening had Harris dancing and singing with dancers representing the nominated musicals. Later in the evening, he joined a starry cast to recreate "Side by Side" from a recent staged concert version of Stephen Sondheim's "Company" with  the New York Philharmonic. It was good promotion for movie screenings of the concert that will be shown nationwide beginning Wednesday.

Harris, who won an Emmy Award for hosting the 2009 ceremonies, also ran through a batch of decent "Spider-Man: Turn off the Dark" jokes, and competed in a song and dance routine with past Tony host Hugh Jackman.

For those who missed it, or who want to relive the highlights, here are some clips of Harris in action.

(You can see the list of winners below)

The opening number:

Harris and Hugh Jackman compete:

http://youtu.be/zkSpdvmXwDo

Harris and a starry cast perform "Side by Side" from "Company"

http://youtu.be/taKy678J_jI

And the closing rap written by Lin-Manuel Miranda:

http://youtu.be/tlc8XphOlhA

And while we're gathering clips, here are some scenes from the nominated musicals.

Andrew Rannels sings "I Believe" from "The Book of Mormon":

http://youtu.be/tggtPHDmrR8

Tony winner Norbert Leo Butz performs "Don't Break the Rules" "Catch Me if You Can"

http://youtu.be/c5HCWu0H6yA

Tony winner Sutton Foster leads the cast in "Anything Goes":

Daniel Radcliffe and Tony winner John Larroquette perform "Brotherhood of Man" from "How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying":

http://youtu.be/mAlkS2P3JA4

A couple of songs from "The Scottsboro Boys"

The cast of "Sister Act" performs "Raise Your Voice"

http://youtu.be/EAGMdgsvLkU

 

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