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NEW YORK — A slew of acclaimed shows were up for Tony Awards in a remarkably competitive year, but a production that wasn’t even eligible still managed to cast a shadow — well, shall we make that a web? — over the proceedings.
On a night when the hilariously profane “The Book of Mormon” reigned supreme, the famously troubled “Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark” got attention both positive and negative at Sunday’s Tonys. There was a performance — certainly rare for a show that hasn’t even opened yet — plus a plug from its famous composers, Bono and The Edge. And of course, there were the obligatory “Spider-Man” jokes, without which no awards show would be complete.
There were jokes even about the ubiquity of “Spider-Man” jokes. Host Neil Patrick Harris said he would limit himself to a 30-second speed round, getting his biggest laugh with a quip about the show’s ousted original director: “Julie Taymor knew it was over when she woke and found the head of ‘War Horse’ in her bed.”
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