It’s The Neil Patrick Harris Show, Featuring The Tonys

The Tony awards don’t excite me much, but Neil Patrick Harris is an excellent choice as host of the show (June 7). And who knows — Hugh Jackman has already shown that you can go from the Tonys to the Oscars. I know, Harris isn’t a movie star, but one can still dream.

It’s very doubtful that the Tonys of 2009 will have anything as much fun to watch as this number from exactly 40 years ago, when the three lead dancers of Promises, Promises appeared on the awards show and did the big dance number from that musical, Burt Bacharach’s “Turkey Lurkey Time.” (I guess Burt Bacharach was so big at the time that nobody dared to tell him his song sucked. But since choreographer Michael Bennett went on to do A Chorus Line, where most of the songs are basically terrible, I guess he didn’t really care what a song was about as long as he could make Donna McKechnie do incredible head-twisting, arm-flailing moves.)

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