The Tony Awards were held in New York City on Sunday night, and television stars Neil Patrick Harris and Bryan Cranston were two of the night’s big winners, while the little-known A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder took the award for best musical. The awards this year were hosted by Hugh Jackman and honored a more diverse group of titles than in years past, with six plays and seven musicals taking home one of Broadway’s highest honors.
Neil Patrick Harris, who just finished his nine-year run playing the beloved bro Barney Stinson on How I Met Your Mother, took home best performance by an actor in a leading role in a musical for his starring role in Hedwig and the Angry Inch, which also nabbed best revival of a musical. Harris’s take on the transgendered immigrant punk singer Hedwig had received heaps of critical acclaim, which, in combination with his star power, made him a shoo-in for the award. He gave a performance of that production’s “Sugar Daddy” during the ceremony, during which he licked Samuel L. Jackson’s eyeglasses and gave Sting a lap dance.
Cranston recently ended his own long, critically and popularly adored role as a chemistry teacher-turned-meth dealer on AMC’s Breaking Bad. Cranston won best actor in a play for his portrayal of President Lyndon B. Johnson in Robert Schenkkan’s All the Way, which also won for best play.