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2011
SUNDAY, JUNE 12, 2011
Live at the Beacon Theatre

Watch Lin-Manuel Miranda Write Neil Patrick Harris' Rap-tastic Tony Closing Number

Watch Lin-Manuel Miranda Write Neil Patrick Harris' Rap-tastic Tony Closing Number
Get an inside look at Lin-Manuel Miranda and Tommy Kail's creative process on Tony night.

While theater fans were enjoying Neil Patrick Harris do a bang-up job hosting the 65th annual Tony Awards ceremony, Tony winner Lin-Manuel Miranda was having a far less glamorous time hammering out the closing number in the basement of the Beacon Theatre with his In the Heights director Thomas Kail. Using the live three-hour event as a fodder for a witty and hilarious rap-up (read the final version here and watch it below), Miranda sweated over his rhymes but also managed to have fun watching the show (see him jam to Norbert Leo Butz's Catch Me If You Can number) and getting a visit from brand new Tony winner Nikki M. James. As Miranda explained on Twitter, he cut out the scenes where he was "naked and crying."