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Highs and Lows of the Tonys

From the three Billys to a lost Dolly Parton
By Amelia Atlas,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 8, 2009 9:33 AM CDT
Highs and Lows of the Tonys
Actor Neil Patrick Harris hosts the 63rd Annual Tony Awards in New York, Sunday, June 7, 2009.    (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

(Newser) – The 2009 Tony awards were not without their laughs—and gaffes. The LA Times outlines the best and worst of Broadway's biggest night.

  • Dolly Parton was a crowd-pleaser during the show's opening number, but later appeared accidentally, and uncomfortably, on the stage when she lost out on the music and lyrics award.

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  •  Angela Lansbury won a record-tying fifth Tony award for her featured role in "Blithe Spirit."
  • John Scher, producer of "Liza's at the Palace," tried to get in his heartfelt thanks when he won for best theatrical event. But his flamboyant star, Liza herself, upstaged him by mouthing her own thank-yous behind him.
  • Co-presenting with eerie look-alike Shrek, James Gandolfini joked, "For the record, Shrek and I are no relation."
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