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The 2013 Tony Awards are taking over Radio City Music Hall tonight, led by four-time host and general theater darling, Neil Patrick Harris. The three-hourlong shindig will feature performances from some of the biggest Broadway shows of the year, as well as a bevy of Hollywood cameos from nominees and presenters like Tom Hanks, Scarlett Johansson and Zachary Quinto.

Frontrunners of the night include Best Musical nominees "Matilda" and "Kinky Boots," the latter leading the pack with a whopping 13 total nods. "Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike," Christopher Durang's mouthful of a production, remains the favorite for Best Play. As always, we're still keeping our fingers crossed for a few underdog victories as well.

Join us here at 8 p.m. EST for every win, upset, dance number and impromptu rap of the night. In the meantime, check out the list of this year's nominees and predictions on who will take home a golden statue.

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Check out a list of the top Tonys winners here.

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NPH and Audra McDonald do their best Alicia Keys and Jay-Z impression. That's a "rap," folks. Good night!

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From the mouth of Bernadette Peters: "Kinky Boots"!

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Wait to go, Rory.

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"Pippin" wins, as expected.

Also, congratulations are in order for Rob Howell, Best Scenic Design, Musical (Matilda), and John Lea Beatty, Best Scenic Design, Play (The Nance).

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“You haven’t lived until you’ve seen Mike Tyson in Kinky Boots.”

"You’re not going to believe this -- in the fog, Mike Tyson was pulling the boat with his teeth." (In reference to the "Phantom" performance.)

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Other Awards and Honors:

Special Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Theatre Bernard Gersten Paul Libin

Ming Cho Lee

Regional Theatre Award

Huntington Theatre Company, Boston, MA

Isabelle Stevenson Award

Larry Kramer

Tony Honor for Excellence in the Theatre Career Transition For Dancers William Craver Peter Lawrence The Lost Colony

The four actresses who played "Matilda" – Sophia Gennusa, Oona Laurence, Bailey Ryon and Milly Shapiro

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It sort of looked like this:

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"This is a childhood dream come true for me." -Patina Miller, "Pippin."

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"I can't help but remember of all of the thumbprints that have touched this being during the course of my career," she says as she defies the 43-second time limit for speeches.

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And the award goes to veteran actor Cicely Tyson in "The Trip to Bountiful". This is her first Tony win!

Also, Best Lighting Design of a Musical Goes to Hugh Vanstone of "Matilda"

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With a very appropriate rendition of "True Colors."

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Tracy Letts of "Who's Afraid of Virgina Woolf" for the Best Actor in a Play upset! Looks like Tom Hanks has to wait a bit longer for EGOT glory (he's still two letters away)...

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Congratulations Billy Porter from "Kinky Boots."

"Oh my god! Oh my god! Ok, so, um, I'm gonna put this [Tony Award] on the ground."

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And now onto a "Phantom of the Opera" shout-out! Did you know that production has the largest orchestra on Broadway?

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"...Someone who can't dance, can't sing and can't act. I'm a triple threat, literally," says Bloomberg. And the Tony for Best Revival of a Play goes to "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf."

From USA Today:

"Bloomberg, in his own statement, said that 'New York City wouldn't be New York City without Broadway. ... The local theater community not only employs thousands of people on stage and behind the curtain, but it helps fill restaurants and hotel rooms ... and it is with great pride that I accept this Tony Honor."

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Niles Crane aka David Hyde Pierce scolds NPH for using his cellphone on stage. Pulling a quasi-Helen Mirren, are we?

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NPH has an onstage make-out session with "Annies"s Sandy.

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The cast of "Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike" crowd onto the stage to accept the award for Best Play.

From the Associated Press:

"Christopher Durang's comical 'Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike,' which takes characters and themes from Anton Chekhov and sets them in present-day Pennsylvania, is sly and funny and lovely. But Richard Greenberg's 'The Assembled Parties,' a meditation on time and family, leaves a lasting impression."

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Speaking of Jesse Eisenberg...

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The "Sopranos" star makes a quick Tonys appearance, do-rag and all.

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After having a bit of difficulty reading the teleprompter, Cuba breaks out his "pimp shades" to present Andrea Martin of "Pippin" with her second Tony Award.

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"Girls" and "The New Normal" star Andrew Rannells joins "Smash" star, Megan Hilty, and "Playboy Club"s Laura Benanti in a cheeky TV-bashing performance.

"We can't all have hit TV shows... like my own." -NPH

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Congrats Jerry Mitchell of "Kinky Boots!"

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Everyone watching the Tonys has this song stuck in their head now. Kudos to Jane Lynch for her Miss Hannigan portrayal, towering over her tiny castmates and never missing a note!

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"We look like the top of a straight wedding cake," said TV Stars Jane Krakowski and Jesse Tyler Ferguson before presenting Best Score Written for the Theater to none other than Cyndi Lauper!

"Everybody else in my category... I feel honored to be in this category. You guys inspire me."

Also, Best Orchestrations went to Stephen Oremus of "Kinky Boots."

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