2012 Tony Awards Clip Countdown - Day 5: Neil Patrick Harris Raps-Up
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by Pat Cerasaro
Today we continue BroadwayWorld's extensive look at highlights from the sixty-plus years of the Tony Awards as we anticipate this year's ceremony on June 10 on CBS with the absolutely riveting final moment of last year's telecast, featuring peerless host Neil Patrick Harris performing a verbally dexterous and downright dizzying - and damn good - wrap-up/rap-up penned by Tony-winning IN THE HEIGHTS composer/lyricist Lin-Manuel Miranda and that show's director, Tommy Kail. Lin-Manuel's new musical, BRING IT ON - a collaboration with Tony-winning NEXT TO NORMAL composer Tom Kitt - has just been announced for a Broadway opening this Summer!
So, what is your personal favorite theatrical use of rap music to date? Did CHESS do it first and best with "One Night In Bangkok" in your opinion or has Lin-Manuel taken the crown as hip-hop king of the Great White Way, particularly given his recent Tony wins for the revolutionary rap-infused IN THE HEIGHTS? It's clear we will be seeing more modern sounds on Broadway in the coming season, too - especially since the Tom Kitt/Lin-Manuel Miranda BRING IT ON: THE MUSICAL will be coming in, as officially confirmed yesterday - but this year's Tony Awards show could potentially provide a capper to top even this terrifically fun and fantastically fierce clip showing clear proof that Broadway is as able as Hollywood to appeal to the youth demo and look quite cool doing it.