The stage awards show's ratings increased 20% to 7.2 million viewers, according to preliminary numbers from Nielsen.
Still, the ceremony on
This year's Tonys, broadcast from
Harris’ performance, his fourth appearance as host, was well-received by critics, with Los Angeles Times scribe Robert Lloyd calling him "invaluable" and "unshakable."
Wrote Lloyd: “Harris was never too long out of view, and when he was around, he was put to good use. He was licked by Sandy, from ‘Annie,’ and licked back. He sang — with
"Kinky Boots" took the title of best new musical at the Tonys and won six awards total. "Matilda, The Musical" won four prizes.