Radio City Music Hall. June 7, 2009. By Jada Yuan, Tali Yahalom, and Kyle Landman
Did you get the offer to play Judy Garland after you sang with Hugh Jackman at the Oscars?
“I didn't think about it like that, but all of a sudden there was a lot of interest. So apparently it was an audition for several million people.”
—Neil Patrick Harris
How are the Tony awards different than other award shows?
“I’ve never been to the Tonys before. It’s a lot more enjoyable than the Oscars.”
Will there be debauchery at the Hair party tonight for winning Best Musical?
“There will definitely be nudity. And it's in Central Park, so there will definitely be a lot of grass.”
Bret Michaels was here tonight. Are you friends with him?
“Bret used to be my next-door neighbor. He used to show me all the sex tapes before they got on the Internet.”
—Marcia Gay Harden
Where will you put your Tony?
“I don’t know. We have horrible cats, so we’re going to have to build some sort of fortress around him.”
Have you seen any Broadway shows this season?
“I haven't seen any. I saw Phantom of the Opera a couple of years ago and I said, 'This is the truest story ever.'”
Will Ferrell called you a communist on Conan O'Brien. Were you insulted?
“I’m crazy about Will Ferrell. Before the red carpet, we were telling each other how much we like each other.”
What would you rather win, a Tony award or an Oscar?
“An Oscar, because I would be close to Angelina.”
As a presenter tonight with Lauren Graham, did you two practice a lot?
“We’ve been meeting together on weekends. Sometimes I try on the dress and she wears the tuxedo. We showed up with this combination, and it was great this way.”
Does anything make you nervous about going onstage with Dolly Parton?
“I just hope I don't trip Dolly, because I have to walk onstage with her and she's very teeny.”
Are more people seeing your show Joe Turner's Come and Gone now that the president saw it on his recent trip to New York?
“Oh yeah, they’re sold out. You cannot get a ticket. It’s the Obama effect. I wish the Obamas had come the first week.”
Tonight you won Best Featured Actress, your fifth Tony. Where will you put it?
“It’s going to go on this little shelf I have in my living room, because I needed to fill it out.”
—Brian d'Arcy James
What was it like talking to Elton John tonight?
“We've met him before. I got goose bumps.”
—Trent Kowalik with David Alvarez and Kiril Kulish of 'Billy Elliot'
Hair did the opening act tonight. Would you ever strip in solidarity?
“I would love to, but I don’t think that’ll be necessary. I think they’ve got that covered. Excuse the pun.”