Neil Patrick Harris Tony Award’s “Rap Up”

Neil Patrick Harris Tony Awards

Source: DailyPress.com

Apparently, Lin-Manuel Miranda from “In the Heights” wrote Neil Patrick Harris’ rap that closed down the Tony Awards tonight.  It was bloody brilliant.  It summed up the show so clearly and succinctly.  Please note that this transcription was originally transcribed and posted at The New York Times Arts Beat Blog by Dave Itzkoff.  Here it is:

Tomorrow, if anyone asks you what happened at the Tonys, you can say this:

We straightened things out in the opening number, Ellen Barkin and John Benjamin Hickey took home awards for their hilarious performances in “The Normal Heart.”

Daniel Radcliffe kicked some butt, and we were so elated

Even Voldemort was sad he wasn’t nominated

Norbert Leo Butz sang and danced and tried to catch ya, comin’ atcha,

Chasing Trey and Casey ‘cause they nabbed a Tony statue

Commencing in the Chattanooga station

From the grand imagination of the Kander-Ebb collaboration

It takes a lot for a recipient to humble me

But everybody cried for gorgeous Nikki James, the bumblebee

Andrew Rannells sang “I Believe” and he landed it

So well now he’s Mitt Romney’s V.P. candidate

All across the country, from the north and to the south

They’re saying Brooke’s a hottie with a crazy potty mouth

John Larroquette brought an eloquent mood to the room

I’m still imagining him at home in his Fruit-of-the-Looms

Spider-Man and Mary-Jane gave us perspective here

They sang a ballad, we didn’t need protective gear

Patina Miller’s nun sang “Raise Your Voice” with cheer

And “Memphis” is relentless, they’re performing every year

“The Normal Heart” won, Larry Kramer made us weep

And “War Horse” dazzled us with a theatrical sweep

Sutton Foster never lost her knack

For talking smack

And tapping a full-on assault attack

I’m awesome, Hugh Jackman, take that

Go ahead and roll the credits if you need to

I’m out of control, I’m on a roll, this is my Tonys speed-through

“Anything Goes” took the best revival prize in stride

We didn’t see it, we were singing “Side By Side By Side.”

McDormand loves her job, Sutton Foster won again

Paul Shaffer sang and suddenly it started raining men

Mark Rylance runs at fences, he’s won the Tony twice

That guy can do it all, his follow-up is “Fanny Bryce.”

Norbert Butz and “Mormon” swept the floor,

Won even more awards than “War Horse”

Par for the course,

Someone get a car for the horse

And in the final analysis, what survives tonight?

Theater, because it’s what we live, we’re changing some lives tonight

And theater thrives because we live to give it, so to speak

This ain’t reality TV, this is eight shows a week

Every chorus member that you saw tonight tappin’

Had to make miracles happen

For a chance to see you clappin’

And applauding in the audience. What’s next? Who knows?

Anything goes. Now go see a ____________ Broadway show.

Thank you, good night.

Disclosure: This piece was originally posted at The New York Times Arts Beat Blog by DAVE ITZKOFF.  I had started to transcribe it, too, when I realized that he had done the same, but I am giving them full responsibility as I did stop the transcription when I saw it posted with their punctuation it but I have to share with my readers, as well.  I am posting this because the Tony Awards were brilliant.

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  1. It was absolutely brilliant!! And Harris’ delivery of Miranda’s amazing talent was just terrific.

  2. IBelieve says

    You didn’t post this yourself. You appear to have copied it from the NY Times website. All the punctuation is the same, even the underline where NPH used a dirtier word. You should give credit to other people’s work.

    • You are right, I had started to transcribe and was pretty far in when I saw it. I have credited them. I was in the middle of writing another post and forgot the disclosure. Thank you for the comment and nudge. I appreciate it.

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