Neil Patrick Harris Explains How He Pulled Off That Daring Tonys Performance

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Viewers may have been surprised by Neil Patrick Harris’ risque performance of “Sugar Daddy” at the Tony Awards last night, but the celebs — including Kevin Bacon and Sting — who were on the receiving end of the act weren’t completely caught off guard.

“One of the benefits of having hosted this show previously is that I can sneak around and get intel on who’s sitting where and yes they were alerted to the fact that things were going to be happening to them,” said Harris, who won Best Leading Actor in a Musical for his performance in Hedwig and the Angry Inch.

The actor — who hosted the Tonys last year — reflected on his win in the press room backstage.

“It’s been a remarkably awesome year for me,” Harris said. “To have hosted last year’s Tonys and have that opening number be so… bigger than I thought it was going to be and then through season nine of How I Met Your Mother, which I was very proud of, a big comedy western movie that I got to be a part of, David Fincher’s movie’s coming out in October, then Hedwig starts and we move to New York and the response for the show has been wonderful… and then it ends with people voting for me for this. It’s just been a blast.”

He wasn’t the only TV star to win some Broadway praise last night. Breaking Bad star Bryan Cranston, who won a Tony for Best Leading Actor in a Play for his performance in All the Way, also reflected on his big win.

“[I feel like] I stole something because I didn’t have any formal education in the arts,” Cranston told reporters. “I was a kid who was poor trying to figure out where I belonged and from a very early age I tapped back and remembered how that felt to evoke emotion in other people and how that made me feel powerful. And I think that’s the thing that’s universal about this. Every adult is seeking something, whatever that empowers them. And it could come from performing could come from church or their children or other jobs or charity work or whatever it is, and I found it. I stumbled on it, actually, and I’m the luckiest guy in the world.”


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