On Sunday night, the Tony Awards did a little bit more than just pay tribute to great theater: They also did a pretty stellar job at roasting TV that couldn’t make it another season on the air.
In what had to be one of the night’s more-entertaining segments, we had an opportunity to see Andrew Rannells (“The New Normal”), Laura Bernanti (“Go On”), and Megan Hilty (“Smash”) all team up with host Neil Patrick Harris to perform a song all about Broadway stars who secretly just want to end up on TV … only to have their shows canceled. Of the three shows mentioned, “Go On’s” was probably the biggest shock given that it did start off with such strong ratings after the Olympics; meanwhile, “The New Normal” is the show that NBC took the most time on when it came to making the decision.
Just in case you’re wondering why Neil, a man famous for a long-running show in “How I Met Your Mother,” was relevant to a performance like this, the answer is actually pretty simple. Long ago, he was a part of a canceled comedy in “Stark Raving Mad.” While he knows success, he also surely knows quite a bit about being part of shows that got cancelled.
All in all, this was a pretty funny idea for a bit during the show, and also one that really shows where some of these actors’ hearts really lie: With the theater. We have a feeling that they will all have more chances for television appearances in the future, especially Rannells, who may or may not have an opportunity to return to “Girls.”
Is this not enough grandeur from the Tonys for your liking? If you want to see more news on the opening performance from Harris, be sure to hit up the link here.