The 68th Annual Tony Awards took place at Radio City Music Hall in New York last night and the live broadcast featured a slew of showstopping performances that all led up to the most anticipated award of the night: Best Musical, which went to A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder. But that’s just what you saw on TV. Some of our favorite moments occurred off-screen. Here’s the inside scoop you need to know.
1. Neil Patrick Harris Is a Woman’s Size 4 or 6
The one and only NPH took home the coveted Best Actor in a Musical award last night for his role as the German transgender superstar Hedwig in Hedwig and the Angry Inch, but not before performing “Sugar Daddy,” one of the hits the award-winning show in full-on drag. Just moments before he took the stage, we caught up with the one responsible for his transformation, Tony-nominated costume designer Arianne Phillips, who told us that dressing Harris is a lucky job to have. “He had never done drag or wore women’s clothes before,” said Phillips, who added that he’s a woman’s size 4 or 6. “But he is such a major rock star and never once complained.” Especially when she put him in 4.25-inch heels! “I was dishonest with him in the beginning. I told him I’d do 2.5 inch heels to get him used to it. I’ve put a lot of men in heels because I worked with Madonna for so many years, so I said I’d make them four inches because that is what makes a leg look feminine, and if he can’t handle it, then we’ll adjust it. And we just kept it. Neil’s so brave. He is one of the most inspiring artists I’ve ever worked with.”
2. Fantasia Swiped Earrings from Her Show for the Ceremony
Before the American Idol alum performed a number from the Best Musical-nominated After Midnight alongside Gladys Knight and Patti LaBelle, she walked the carpet in a custom teal dress and accessorized with a very special pair of earrings. “I took these from my show!” said the singer, who earlier that day performed the production for the very last time. “I was very emotional earlier today, but I’m so elated right now to see my family and on stage tonight, I’m very excited.”
3. Emmy Rossum Got Sewn Into Her Dress
Presenter Emmy Rossum walked the red carpet in a fluid silver gown by Ralph Lauren and matching art deco-inspired danglers, but getting her on the red carpet took some miracles. “We had a zipper malfunction at the last minute,” she told InStyle.com. “I’m actually sewn into this!” Where? What? How? Her reply: “It’s actually a don’t ask, don’t tell situation. Something must be in retrograde.”
4. Hugh Jackman Gave the Spurs-Heat Scores During Commercial Breaks
During commercial breaks, Hugh Jackman casually chatted with the audience to get them revved up, talked to stars like Neil Patrick Harris and Audra McDonald, and, funnily enough, also gave live updates for the NBA Finals game between the Miami Heat and San Antonio Spurs. After two or three updates, he joked: “I don’t know why I’m doing this. I mean, it’s not like you’re not checking your phone during this entire broadcast!”
5. Anna Gunn Wore a Fully Beaded Jenny Packham Gown But It Didn’t Weigh Her Down
The Breaking Bad alum, who was there to present but also to support Best Actor in a Play winner and former co-star Bryan Cranston, enjoyed the show in a fully beaded Jenny Packham gown. “It’s not heavy at all! It looks like it would be because of all the beading,” she said. “I didn’t even have to lay down in the limo coming over. I did for a Donna Karan linen dress I wore once, but not tonight.”
6. Sutton Foster Pulled a Jessica Alba Moment
The nominee for Best Actress in a Musical for her role in Violet looked like a true princess in a nearly-neon magenta gown by Reem Acra. But we’ve seen this before. Jessica Alba wore the same exact gown to the Baby2Baby gala. We liked it then and we like it now, too!
7. Zac Posen Continued His Winning Streak
Last year, Broadway fan and red carpet designer Zac Posen dressed Patina Miller for the Tony Awards, who then went on to win Best Actress in a Musical for her role in Pippin. This year, he picked another winner, by dressing Lena Hall, who won Best Actress in a Musical winner for her role in Hedwig and the Angry Inch. “Zac picked out my dress for me,” Hall told InStyle.com. “I listen to whatever he says!” Let’s pay attention to who he dresses next year. He’s on a roll!