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Hugh Jackman's hopping mad Tony Awards opening number

HUGH Jackman's bouncing opening number at today's Tony Awards has left many fans scratching their heads.

The Wolverine star certainly showed off his physicality and fitness by hopping his way into the awards telecast at New York's Radio City Music Hall and through the entire opening number.

But the meaning of all the kangaroo-type jumping, apparently a tribute to the 1953 musical Small Town Girl, appeared to be lost on many American TV viewers.

Celebrity blogger Perez Hilton tweeted: "What's up with all this hopping? #TonyAwards #OddChoreography".

The bearded Jackman, in his fourth outing as the American theatre awards host, also rapped songs from The Music Man under his new moniker "Biggie Tap Shoes".

The big winners of the night were Hedwig and the Angry Inch, A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder and A Raisin in the Sun.

 

2014 Tony Awards full winners list:

Best Musical
After Midnight
Aladdin
Beautiful - The Carole King Musical
WINNER: A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder

Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical
Ramin Karimloo, Les Miserables
Andy Karl, Rocky
Jefferson Mays, A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder
Bryce Pinkham, A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder
WINNER: Neil Patrick Harris, Hedwig and the Angry Inch

Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical
Mary Bridget Davies, A Night with Janis Joplin
Sutton Foster, Violet
Idina Menzel, If/Then
Kelly O'Hara, The Bridges of Madison County
WINNER: Jesse Mueller, Beautiful - The Carole King Musical

Best Play
Act One
Casa Valentina
Mothers and Sons
Outside Mullingar
WINNER: All the Way

Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Play
Tyne Daly, Mothers and Sons
LaTanya Richardson Jackson, A Raisin in the Sun
Cherry Jones, The Glass Menagerie
Estelle Parsons, The Velocity of Autumn
WINNER: Audra McDonald, Lady Day at Emerson's Bar & Grill

Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play
Samuel Barnett, Twelfth Night
Chris O'Dowd, Of Mice and Men
Mark Rylance, Richard III
Tony Shalhoub, Act One
WINNER: Bryan Cranston, All the Way

Best Revival of a Musical
Les Miserables
Violet
WINNER: Hedwig and the Angry Inch

Best Revival of a Play
The Cripple of Inishmaan
The Glass Menagerie
Twelfth Night
WINNER: A Raisin in the Sun

Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Play
Reed Birney, Casa Valentina
Paul Chahidi, Twelfth Night
Stephen Fry, Twelfth Night
Brian J. Smith, The Glass Menagerie
WINNER: Mark Rylance, Twelfth Night

Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical
Linda Emond, Cabaret
Anika Larson, Beautiful - The Carole King Musical
Adriane Lenox, After Midnight
Lauren Worsham, A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder
WINNER: Lena Hall, Hedwig and the Angry Inch

Best Book of a Musical
Chad Beguelin, Aladdin
Douglas McGrath, Beautiful - The Carole King Musical
Woody Allen, Bullets Over Broadway
WINNER: Robert L. Friedman, A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder

Best Direction of a Musical
Warren Carlyle, After Midnight
Michael Mayer, Hedwig and the Angry Inch
Leigh Silverman, Violet
WINNER: Darko Tresnjak, A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder

Best Direction of a Play
Tim Carroll, Twelfth Night
Michael Grandage, The Cripple of Inishmaan
John Tiffany, The Glass Menagerie
WINNER: Kenny Leon, A Raisin in the Sun

Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre
Aladdin (Music: Alan Menkin; Lyrics: Howard Ashman, Tim Rice and Chad Begeulin)
A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder (Music: Steven Lutvak; Lyrics: Robert L. Freedman and Steven Lutvak)
If/Then (Music: Tom Kitt; Lyrics: Brian Yorkey)
WINNER: The Bridges of Madison County (Music & Lyrics: Jason Robert Brown)

Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Musical
Danny Burstein, Cabaret
Nick Codero, Bullets Over Broadway
Joshua Henry, Violet
Jarrod Specter, Bullets Over Broadway
WINNER: James M. Iglehart, Aladdin

Best Choreography
Steven Hoggett and Kelly Devine, Rocky
Casey Nicholaw, Aladdin
Susan Stroman, Bullets Over Broadway
WINNER: Warren Carlyle, After Midnight

Best Costume Design of a Musical
William Ivey Long, Bullets Over Broadway
Arianne Philips, Hedwig and the Angry Inch
Isabel Toledo, After Midnight
WINNER: Linda Cho, A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder

Best Costume Design of a Play
Jane Greenwood, Act One
Michael Krass, Machinal
Rita Ryack, Casa Valentina
WINNER: Jenny Tiramani, Twelfth Night

Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Play
Sarah Green, The Cripple of Inishmaan
Celia Keenan-Bolger, The Glass Menagerie
Anika Noni Rose, A Raisin in the Sun
Mare Winningham, Casa Valentina
WINNER: Sophie Okonedo, A Raisin in the Sun

Best Lighting Design of a Musical
Christopher Akerlind, Rocky
Howell Binkley, After Midnight
Donald Holder, The Bridges of Madison County
WINNER: Kevin Adams, Hedwig and the Angry Inch

Best Lighting Design of a Play
Paule Constable, The Cripple of Inishmaan
Jane Cox, Machinal
Japhy Wideman, Of Mice and Men
WINNER: Natasha Katz, The Glass Menagerie

Special Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Theatre
Jane Greenwood

Regional Theatre Award
Signature Theatre

Isabelle Stevenson Award
Rosie O'Donnell

Tony Honours for Excellence in the Theatre
Joseph P. Benincasa
Joan Marcus
Charlotte Wilcox



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