"Once," the intimate story of two young Irish musicians based on the 2006 movie, emerged as the big winner at the Tony Awards on Sunday night in New York, grabbing best new musical and seven other awards. "Clybourne Park," the Bruce Norris play that that won the Pulitzer Prize for drama in 2011 and ran earlier this year at the Mark Taper Forum, added the Tony Award for best play to its credentials. But were "Other Desert Cities" and "Newsies" more deserving of a win?

How about Mike Nichols, who won for best direction for his turn helming "Death of a Salesman"? Were the likes of Nicholas Hytner for "One Man, Two Guvnors," Pam MacKinnon for "Clybourne Park" and Roger Rees and Alex Timbers for "Peter and the Starcatcher" snubbed?

How did Neil Patrick Harris fare in his third time as Tonys host? You can't say he didn't hang in there, considering he actually did hang upside down, Spider-Man-like, for one of the telecast's more memorable moments.

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And Harvey Fierstein in a floatie, throwing in a pitch for Royal Caribbean Cruise Line? Need we say more?

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Photo: Neil Patrick Harris opens the Tony Awards telecast. Credit: Charles Sykes / Invision / Associated Press