The Beat: Tony Awards in New York, June 8

"LL just gave me my rapper name: Biggy Tap Shoes, yo," cracked host Hugh Jackman following a surprise performance with LL Cool J and T.I., with a beat from The Roots' Questlove, at the 68th annual Tony Awards held at Radio City Music Hall. Jaw-dropping performances dominated, with Idina Menzel singing "Always Starting Over" from If/Then; Jessie Mueller, who won best actress in a musical for Beautiful: The Carole King Musical, joining Carole King to perform "I Feel the Earth Move"; and the cast of After Midnight, featuring Gladys Knight, Patti LaBelle and Fantasia Barrino, rocking "On the Sunny Side of the Street" and "It Don't Mean a Thing." Neil Patrick Harris celebrated his first Tony for best actor in a musical for Hedwig and the Angry Inch, by performing "Sugar Daddy" in full costume, complete with lap dances for Orlando Bloom and Sting, a cuddle with Kevin Bacon and a lick of Samuel L. Jackson's glasses.


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