Tony Awards 2012: Neil Patrick Harris and 'Book of Mormon' open the show
Of course, for Broadway fans, seeing a new face in the role that Josh Gad originated was a little disorienting -- Gad, of course, has left "Book of Mormon" in order to star in the new NBC comedy "1600 Penn."
The Mormons introduced host Neil Patrick Harris, who started off in the typical short-sleeved button down garb but quickly did a quick change for his musical monologue, "What If Life Were More Like Theater."
In the song, he mused on the benefits of backup dancers and weather-on-cue. Amanda Seyfried popped in for a quick "Mama Mia" reference and cameo, and Patti LuPone joined Harris for a fun bit about how great it would be to have intermissions in real life.
Our favorite part was when his "understudy," Jesse Tyler Ferguson, popped in -- until Harris screamed, "Go away! You threaten me!"
We're pretty sure Harris will be just fine.