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2013 Tony Award Highlights: Cyndi Lauper's 'Kinky Boots,' Cicely Tyson's Acceptance Speech, Neil Patrick Harris Bumps Ratings (VIDEO)

Photo of Beth Hanna By Beth Hanna | Thompson on Hollywood June 10, 2013 at 12:29PM

Neil Patrick Harris saw through his fourth hosting of the Tony Awards last night. Singing and dancing was par for the course throughout the show, with acceptance speech highlights including Cyndi Lauper's win for "Kinky Boots" (which led the night with six trophies including Best Musical), and 79-year-old Cicely Tyson delivering a show-stealing speech for her Best Actress win in "The Trip to Bountiful." Video highlights below.
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Neil Patrick Harris performing at the 2013 Tony Awards
Neil Patrick Harris performing at the 2013 Tony Awards

Neil Patrick Harris saw through his fourth hosting of the Tony Awards last night. Singing and dancing was par for the course throughout the show, with acceptance speech highlights including Cyndi Lauper's win for "Kinky Boots" (which led the night with six trophies including Best Musical), and 79-year-old Cicely Tyson delivering a show-stealing speech for her Best Actress win in "The Trip to Bountiful." Video highlights below.

Harris is smiling, as the June 9 show brought the largest viewership to the Tonys since 2009. 7.24 million people tuned in, which is an impressive 20% bump from last year. Harris tweet-thanked the viewers and the 121 performers from the show. Robert Lloyd did a lovely write-up in the LAT.

Neil Patrick Harris' opening number, with Mike Tyson:

 


 Cicely Tyson's acceptance speech:

 

 Cyndi Lauper's acceptance speech:

"Matilda the Musical" medley:


  
 

Andrew Rannells, Megan Hilty and Laura Benanti on the theater vs. TV:

  

  The cast of "Annie" (including Jane Lynch):

  

Neil Patrick Harris' closing number, with Audra McDonald:

 

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.