2014 Tony Awards: Hugh Jackman Raps with T.I., NPH Humps Kevin Bacon
LL Cool J | Instagram T.I., LL Cool J and Hugh Jackman are big fans of The Music Man.
For some of us, watching the Tony Awards is like seeing our skewed, preferred version of reality come to life. Dancers prance about in peacock feathers and sequins, people sing spontaneous lyrics about running to the restroom and almost everybody gets to tap down a spinning staircase that's been lit up brighter than a California forest fire. We're not gonna lie: This is exactly how we want to go through life.
The #TonyAwards are my last remaining hope that I can one day live in a world where people break into song.— Jared Tyler ™ (@The_JaredTyler) June 9, 2014
Us, too, Jared. But even in our happy place of perpetual jazz hands, weird shit happens, and that's what we love about the marriage between car-crash award shows and live musical theater. Below, check out our favorite moments from Sunday night's broadcast of the Tony Awards, including an ass-shaking, gender-bending performance from the former Doogie Howser, M.D.
HUGH JACKMAN, T.I. and LL COOL J RAP THE MUSIC MAN
During the broadcast, Tonys host and X-Men: Days of Future Past star Hugh Jackman mentioned that he had been in The Music Man in high school. No big, right? After all, nearly every theatre kid has had a hand in this production as part of a musical baptism. But not everyone tries to rap "Rock Island," not everyone is joined by T.I. and LL Cool J for a performance, and not everyone has their production arranged by Questlove. Afterwards, Jackman claimed that LL gave him the "rap name" of "Biggie Tapshoes."
ALAN CUMMING BITES A DANCER'S ASS.
Alan Cumming certainly hasn't lost his edge over the years. Playing the master of ceremonies in the revival of Cabaret, Cumming proved why he won a Tony for the same role back in 1998. For the Tonys broadcast, Cumming danced about in heavy makeup, white suspenders and black man-pris while underwear-clad ladies pranced around him. The whole performance is golden, but the best part is around the 2:35 mark, when Cumming growls "Rawr, rawr, rawr" and pantomimes biting a dancer on the ass.
More than a few nerds realized that the Tonys stage featured several comic book characters throughout the night: