If you missed the Tonys last night, here's all you need to know: Forget who won what, it was all about host Neil Patrick Harris and former host Hugh Jackman's song-and-dance duet. Spot-on humor, perfect pitch, side-by-side shuffles, jazz hands ... it was enough of a success for me to decide that we're finally getting back to the era of actors who are bonafide entertainers. Neil Patrick Harris, Hugh Jackman, Justin Timberlake ... these guys are throwbacks to the days of showstoppers like Gene Kelly, Frank Sinatra, and Bing Crosby. They're triple-threats, capable of so much more than just emoting. And I couldn't be happier!
Watch this and tell me you're not blown away (I won't believe you) ...
Full disclosure: Musical theatre was my "thing" growing up; my original major in college was drama. So I guess I've kind of spent years waxing nostalgic for a time in Hollywood history that I didn't even experience firsthand. But I don't think you have to be a closet Rodgers and Hammerstein junkie or film studies professor to appreciate a well-rehearsed, perfectly-executed display of multi-talented-ness like Harris and Jackman's duet, or even Justin Timberlake's opening monologue on the season finale of SNL. Sitting back and watching these guys perform is like getting into the back seat of a Bentley driven by the world's top-rated chauffeur: You know you're in good hands; all you have to do is sit back and enjoy the ride.
Don't get me wrong, I like my cerebral method actors too -- but I don't want them hosting awards shows (uh, yeah, did you see James Franco host the Oscars? That's what I thought.). And as much as I loved Ricky Gervais at the helm of the Golden Globes (he was funny as hell, can't these people take a joke?), I'm even more impressed by Harris and Jackman's ability to keep an audience of thousands rapt while still employing old-school style and class.
What did you think of Harris and Jackman's duet at the Tonys?
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