While Daniel Radcliffe is an okay actor, he definitely is... an okay singer and dancer (we can't entirely judge based on that one performance) who was in character. But for the future I do wish him a great career in stage acting where he discovered that this is the theatre world where you must play a character 8 nights a week. I think he might mature as an actor if he stays on the stage.
I believe (no pun intended) that it would have been nice to showcase the cast of the Book of Mormon which is an issue with other Tony Presentations in the past (Ragtime, A Little Nights Music). But "I Believe" was a near-perfect presentation. Andrew Rannells clearly is very resourceful in movement in his ballad and captures the character's glowing determination. It's a sweet ballad itself that gives a silly salute to Mormons.
The Spiderman duet... oh, that was boring. They are very talented singers working with terrible material. Spiderman jokes were expected. My favorite: Julie Taymor knew it was over when she woke up and found the head of War Horse on her hed. You want innovation that challenges theatre-goes, ditch spiderman and go see War Horse. The designs are very stylistic and still challenge the audience and the puppeteers into executing Suspension of Disbelief.
One memorable thought popped up in my head when Neil Patrick Harris annoucned that the horses of War Horses were made out of... glue. So I thought "Oooooo, horses were ironically literally and metaphorically harmed in the making."
While a split vote between Joshua Gad and Andrew Rannells may have explained Norbert Leo Butz won, I had no hostility. Norbert clearly pulled off an energizing performance. He was dancing through life. And I was there on June 14, the first performance after Norbert's win. I got to hear his speech (you can find the bootleg somewhere on Youtube which I did not record). To confirm how much he deserved it, I say that he did not win for dancing alone. He won because he was the agent who initially saw black and white and then warmed up to the redeeming value toward the criminal he was after.
The presentation of the Scottsboro Boys intigued me. It's a shame it closed down early. From what I'm seeing, I'm seeing a musical that incorporates a shock-factor to an advantage. The minstrel style exposes a sad truth and cynicism to what the Scottsboro Trial probably was to the racist population. I wished people who accused the musical of presenting full-blown racist sentiment actually familiarize themselves with the context and musical.
Congrats to all winners and nominees alike. But Trey Parker, Matt Stone, Joseph Smith are superior. Hah! Hah! Just kidding, congrats to all.