WORST: Hugh Jackman's Hopping-Mad Host
From his Easter-bunny-ish intro (an homage to Bobby Van's hooping routine in the 1953 musical Small Town Girl, which we're sure, um, everybody picked up on) to his awkward crowd work with the Best Actress in a Musical nominees and lame jokes about "ass doubles," Hugh Jackman's hosting gig this evening seemed beset by missteps. The actor is an old-fashioned enetertainer — he sings! he tap-dances! he tells carbon-dated-to-the-vaudeville-era jokes! — and he'd done the gig three times before, so you'd think he'd have this down to a science. It didn't help that the show kept cutting to Neil Patrick Harris every chance it got, who's now considered the standard for how to host the Tonys (or any award show, for that matter). Don't even get us started about the bring-the-winners-onstage-while-he-sings-songs-with-Broadway-in-the-title closing bit.