Tony Awards

Who's ready to go Fifty Shades of Gay?!

Neil Patrick Harris' words, not ours, at the 2012 Tony Awards at the Beacon Theatre in New York, where performances from the cast of Once, Hairspray and Newsies had our theater loving-eyes glued to the boob tube all night. Add a special award for Hugh Jackman and a Best Actor in a Play shocker and you've got one terrific theatrical tribute!

Once stole the theatrical spotlight, raking in eight Tony Awards on Sunday, including Best Musical Direction, Best Lead Actor in a Musical and the top award for Best Musical overall. Clybourne Park took home the highly coveted award for Best Play.

If you're keeping a Tony tally, then Peter and the Starcatcher came in second with five awards including Christian Borle's win for Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role.

Other notable winners? Audra McDonald took home the award for Best Lead Actress in a Musical for The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess and Nina Arianda surprised us all when she won Best Leading Actress in a play for Venus in Fur. "You were my first crush!" Arianda exclaimed to Christopher Plummer as she accepted her award.

Steve Kazee also aided Once in its Tony domination, nabbing the award for Best Actor in a Musical and broke down thinking of his mother, who died on Easter Sunday, as he accepted the award on stage. Eight-time Oscar winner Alan Menken took home his first Tony for Best Original Score for Newsies. The win was particularly exciting for Menken since the 1992 film Newsies took home a Razzie when he originally penned the tunes. Talk about a comeback!

The show was packed with musical performances throughout the night—Evita, Newsies, and Once were a few of our favorites who took stage by storm and brought Broadway to the boob tube. Neil Patrick Harris sparkled on stage as he cracked jokes and hosted the show for this third time.

Our favorite NPH moment of the night? Patrick suspended himself, Spider-Man style, upside-down from the ceiling as he took the stage after a commercial break. Andrew Garfield's smile in the audience made for a priceless Tony moment.

As for the night's biggest shocker? James Corden stole the award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play, beating out front-runner Philip Seymour Hoffman. Corden gave an emotional speech as he paid tribute to his girlfriend and his "favorite actor in the world" Philip Seymour Hoffman.

As the evening came to a close, Hugh Jackman's wife presented the multi-talented actor with a special award, honoring his years of work in the theater. Jackman was completely surprised as his wife took the stage and later confessed that "this was a minor miracle that it happened".