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Tony Awards: Watch Neil Patrick Harris' impressive wrap-up rap [Video]

June 13, 2011 |  6:10 am

If your DVR setting for the Tony Awards ended at 11 p.m. Sunday, you missed one of the highlights of Neil Patrick Harris' second stint as host for Broadway's 65th annual celebration.

Harris wrapped up the three-hour show with a two-minute hip-hop rap that was written by Lin-Manuel Miranda right up until the last few minutes of the broadcast. Check it out above.

Our sister blog Awards Tracker reported the full lyrics here.

Harris' performance brought to mind two previous musical highlights of the Tony Awards. Two years ago, he summed up the 2009 Tonys to the tune of "West Side Story's" "Tonight" and "Guys and Dolls' "Luck Be a Lady" (lyrics by "Hairspray's" Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman). And in 2008, Miranda accepted his Tony for the score of "In the Heights" with an acceptance rap.

Watch both below.



LMM (rap starts at 1:05):



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