Pairs Division: Harris & Burtka at the Tony Awards

Posted on June 10, 2013

We’re terrible homosexuals, darlings. We didn’t watch the Tony Awards last night. Despite our tendency to use words like “darling” and advise women on their hemlines, there are some parts of the gay male stereotype that never stuck to us and “theater queen” is definitely a bus that passed us by.

Besides, it was Game of Thrones, Mad Men and Falling Skies ’round these parts last night.

At any rate, we feel like even worse homosexuals because A-List Homosexual Number One apparently did a killer job hosting the shindig last night. We await the youtubery. In the meantime, let’s assess.


Neil Patrick Harris and David Burtka attend the 2013 Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall in New York City.

Now THAT is how it’s done, bitches. Neil’s pant length prevents us from giving them a perfect score (and his jacket seems a bit long as well), but both of them are pretty impeccably turned out and they managed to avoid that gay couple problem of showing up at formal events dressed identically. They both look venue-appropriate, but distinct from each other. Nicely done, homosexuals. Score: 9.25/10. NPH, you can afford better tailoring than that.



[Photo Credit: Getty, Marco Sagliocco/PR Photos]

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  • MK03

    Do yourselves a favor and at least check out the opening number. It was AWESOME.

    • Catherine Katz

      That opening number was Youtubed by me this morning. Killa! And they look fabulous!!

    • Sobaika

      And the closing! *mic drop*

      • eowyn_of_rohan

        Seriously, I want NPH and Queen Audra to do everything together from now on. That was glorious!

      • SpillinTea

        Moments of the night – 1) Cicely Tyson turning the orchestra playing her off into a perfect conclusion of her speech, 2) Patina’s arms, and 3) Audra’s mic drop. I got ALL my life!

        • The Versatile Chef

          Patina’s arms were FIERCE. I didn’t hear a word of her speech, I was too busy admiring the guns.

          • SpillinTea

            If they ever get around to making the “The Boss – The Diana Ross Story” she is a shoe-in for the part.

      • MilaXX

        I adore Audra MacDonald so I was squeeing with joy at that closing number.

      • stephbellard

        As if her bow-down-bitches entrance and amazing vocals weren’t enough, Audra then SHUT THE TONYS DOWN by dropping her fucking mic like a G! God I love that woman!

    • GorgeousThings

      The opening number was To. Die. For! I Tivo’d the show and watched it this morning over breakfast. We were watching GoT. Haven’t gotten to see Falling Skies yet.

  • Chuck Barthelme

    Not lovin’ hubby’s suit shininess. But absolutely love NPH’s suit other than the tailoring issues.

    • The shininess is the only thing keeping it from Mormontastic.

  • MilaXX

    I like when couples coordinate but don’t match. I got home late and caught a tiny bit, but the DVR failed me so I’m youtubing the show. Are you guys covering Falling Skies? I think I need a re-watch or review, cause I got questions.

    • TropiCarla

      I hope they will do Falling Skies. We will watch tonight since GoT and MM kept us busy last night.

      • MilaXX

        I think getting in late threw me off for my Sunday night tv viewing. Falling Skies did a time jump and I got confused. definitely need a rewatch.

  • Don’t fret, Uncles. I too missed the Awards. I was far too busy going to see a play at the American Conservatory Theater and discovering a fantastic new Indian restaurant.
    I agree absolutely about your assessment of Gay Couple Number One.

    • marlie

      There needs to be a better moniker for them. Not “First Gay Couple,” but something along those lines.

      • How about, (with nod of appreciation to one of my favorite bloggers) Supreme Sissydudes?

        • marlie

          Love it. πŸ™‚

        • Rand Ortega


    • aahlife

      Just a personal note, I am a theatre lover in SF too. Saw the Tonys and NPH was stellar.

      • Then you would know the play I saw. It was “Black Watch” at the Armory. Amazing theater. I will surely catch up on the Tonys via youtube.

        • librarygrrl64

          You just answered my question above. Thanks. πŸ™‚

    • librarygrrl64

      What play did you see?

      • “Black Watch”, about the Scottish Army.

        • librarygrrl64


          PLEASE tell me there were kilts……..

          • There were a few costume changes that put actors in kilts. I was the only person in the audience wearing my plaid, though. It surprised me a bit.

          • librarygrrl64

            I would love to see it sometime, but I fear there might end up being some sort of restraining order situation in my future, because: men in kilts. πŸ˜‰

            Also, props to you for the correct term “plaid!”

          • Get thee to the Highland Games in Benicia, my lass.

          • librarygrrl64

            I have been to several. I have also been to Scotland.

            Best. Trip. EVER. πŸ˜‰

  • sarahmichelef

    David can’t pull off a shiny suit as well as Neil can. And his hair looks frighteningly stiff.

    And yes, Neil needs to get his pants hemmed. He should take them off and let me take care of that problem for him.

  • crash1212

    I’m lucky to live in CA because I watch the east coast feeds of all the shows you named and still could watch most of the Tony’s…win – win! All I could think of every time NPH came on stage was…TLo would NOT sign off on the length of his pants.

  • mjude

    i decided to watch the tony’s & record falling skies. i thought it was one of the best tony shows. NPH is just damn adorable & his hubby is pretty cute too.

  • marlie

    I **LOVE** NPH’s suit. LOVE. DB looks dashing as well, but I wish the suit was a little less shiny. Also, *fabulous* opening number.

  • hughman

    Don Draper dates Henry Higgins. Who knew?

  • Rhonda Shore

    I like that one wore a bowtie while the other wore a traditional necktie…I’ve never been into the theat-ah thing either though i generally love award shows. But like you said, it was Game of Thrones and Mad Men night. I’ve been longing for Arya to toss that coin!!!

  • Annarosa

    They’re handsome, both of them. LOVE NPH and the opening number was amazing!

  • acevedob

    Burtka’s suit is nicely tailored but horribly shiny. TLo, we also have not and don’t watch the Tonys. We’re a film and tv centered couple too.

  • YourBaloneyDontGotNoSecondName

    NPH, that hemline grieves Sodom.

  • Anniebet


  • Clueless_Jock

    I didn’t realize they were a couple. I guess I AM clueless…

  • majorbedhead

    You have to watch the opening number. It was amazing. I do love me some NPH.

    And his husband is giving me some serious Joseph Gordon Levitt here.

    • librarygrrl64

      I got a little young Val Kilmer from the first shot.

      • OrigamiRose

        Yes, I thought a mash-up of young Val and Matthew Modine.

        • librarygrrl64

          Yes, good call!

        • calbear97

          I sort of got David Boreanz too. But I see JGL too now.

    • SarahLovesFabric

      I see young, Cabaret-era Michael York, myself.

  • librarygrrl64

    Gentlemen, I studied theater in college and have participated in it at both the amateur and semi-professional levels since 1976, and I didn’t even realize the Tonys were on last night until I saw all of my many theater-geek friends posting to Facebook about it. So, you get a pass. I also don’t own and listen to original Broadway cast recordings for pleasure, even though I have performed in and directed a shit-load of musicals. I guess I’m a fraud. πŸ˜‰

    With me, it’s more of an anti-awards-show thing than an anti-theater thing. Honestly, I’d rather just YouTube the highlights and see what you guys have to say about the fashions afterward. Same with the Oscars. And I still miss Musical Mondays.

    • StellaZafella

      NPH said it best in his opener at last year’s Tony Awards: “Welcome to 50 shades of Gay!”
      And listening to cast albums from musicals is soooo…80’s…I should know, the last show record I bought was “Dear World” when it first came out..

      • librarygrrl64

        Hahaha! I would usually only buy the cast recording if I was going to audition for the show or direct the show. Even then, I didn’t always save them. But if it’ so 80s, then quite a few of my friends, ages 20-50s, are so 80s. πŸ˜‰

  • TAGinMO

    I can’t be the only one who thinks NPH’s stage makeup isn’t doing him any favors here, right? Particularly in his close-up (pic #3), it’s kind of ghastly. Reminds me of Kramer’s face in that episode of Seinfeld where he did, like, 10 years’ worth of smoking in a week.

    And for the record, I say this with the heaviest of hearts, as NPH ordinarily makes mine go pitter-pat (along with various other body parts).

    • TAGinMO

      Alternate theory, upon further examination…

      Fight in the limo. Those are some seriously forced smiles.

    • e jerry powell

      Something was definitely off. I was more inclined to think that David has had some filler in the cheeks, because I can’t bring myself to besmirch NPH’s face.

    • I was equally put off by the length of his pants and the odd shading of his face. It made him look very tired and old. It’s going to be hard watching Doogie age.

  • Guidosdaddy

    I watched the east coast run of Game of Thrones at 6, while DVRing The Killing (which is AMAZING this season!), watched The Killing at 7 just in time to see the Tonys at 8. I can’t remember the last time I watched 5 straight (well, 2 straight and the Tonys) hours of television in a row. A bit too proud of myself for this…

    • MikeW_Vegas

      “2 straight” and the Tonys” I see what you did there.. πŸ˜‰ Brava!

  • River

    NPH looks like perfection. And he certainly IS A-list Homosexual #1, isn’t he? Thank god.

  • MzzPants

    They’re starting to look alike…true sign of a committed relationship.

  • nannypoo

    He should host everything. His opener was brilliant.

    • alyce1213

      It may well be the best hosting job by anyone for any awards show. He’s incredibly talented and so likeable.

  • Synnamin

    Can we get NPH to play The Doctor? PLEASE?

    • Rand Ortega

      He’s a Yank, the Brits would barf a kidney at the idea.

      • Synnamin

        I know, I know… but he would still be brilliant!

        • Rand Ortega

          Abso-f-ing-lutely!!! NPH would murder it!

  • ajhan

    Not that Burtka isn’t a handsome man… but thanks to HIMYM, I look at his face and all I see is “guy who tried to be an umpire but failed.”

    Of course, Scooter would never clean up this nice.

  • formerlyAnon

    NPH was pretty great, the bits I saw. But then, I am biased strongly in his favor.

  • NOLA_gal

    Love NPH’s January Jones level bitchface in that first photo!

  • EKW2

    It was a legendary opening!

  • Damien W

    You need to watch the show, and you’ll understand why his cuffs/sleeves were slightly long — he danced, he ran around, he jumped, he was thrown in the air, and he climbed a huge Tony award. And that was just in the first 15 minutes. Tightness of suit was not an option.

    • Donna Tabor

      And he jumped through a freaking ring! He was amazing.

  • Seriously, the best host of an awards show ever. Best opening number ever. Why don’t the Oscars just give up and let the Tony people handle the show? They know how to put one on.

    • OrigamiRose

      Agreed. When you hire producers who are allowed to eat up a good ten minutes of show time with a tribute to the Oscar they won ten years ago (Chicago), you are hopeless. The Tony producers, time and again, demonstrate how to curate an awards program for everyone’s enjoyment, not just those with their fingers in the show pie.

  • I’ll give NPH a pass on the pant length given all that had to be running through his head before that big, amazing production number. It’s shocking that he even hit the red carpet at all. He is a talent from another age.


  • quiltrx

    They both look great, and I love the wry little almost-grins they’re both sporting. “Yes, we ARE just a bit prettier than ALL of you.”

  • CommentsByKatie

    NPH looks like a red carpet version of the Eleventh Doctor. This is all right with me.

  • NPH absolutely KILLED last night! Not just the opening number…the whole freakin’ show. Loved the mash-ups! As for him and his sweetie….l think they balanced each other quite well. And they look happy together – which only adds chic points, imo. BTW – don’t you think NPH is growing into being very distinguished looking as he ages? He no longer looks astonished all the time.

  • e jerry powell

    Would it have killed the Theater Wing to push the Tonys back a week? That way they’re only competing with the Borgias finale.

  • ChaquitaPhilly

    The opening number (and Neil’s entire performance as emcee) were totally awsome!

  • Terry

    Neil Patrick Harris is really aging well. His face is becoming even more handsome over time.

  • Lilithcat

    Oh, please. A tuxedo shirt and tie with that suit? Ugh. And Burtka’s suit is way too shiny. It looks as though it had been dry cleaned several times too often.

    • Deb Morrissey

      Not to mention, wing collars are for white ties only. That dark stripe going around the neck is not supposed to exist. Ever. TLo, I am shocked you did not call him out for that.

  • Aaminah Khan

    I love that NPH has actual laugh lines and little wrinkles around his eyes. He looks totally natural and incredibly gorgeous.

  • Fred Vaughn

    And the Youtubery reflects some SHOW…

  • JauntyJohn

    Regardless of where one falls on the Musical Theater / Theater Kinsey Scale (surely there is one, yes?) to watch NPH’s opening number was to see a performer of great talent at the very top of his game. On the one hand, all kinetic energy and leaping and dancing and mugging and vamping; on the other hand, the picture of nonchalance. A song-and-dance man who’s now joined the ranks of the Greats. (Remember, that was LIVE folks. No reshoots.)