The 87th Academy Awards wrapped up this evening with Fox Searchlight’s Birdman taking the Best Picture prize. Alejandro G. Inarritu’s backstage drama had a total of four wins, including for Director, Original Screenplay and Emmanuel Lubezki’s cinematography — a second consecutive Oscar for the DP. Wes Anderson’s The Grand Budapest Hotel, also from Fox Searchlight, scored four nods, too. Among them, a first-time win for oft-nominated composer Alexandre Desplat. Other winners included Whiplash and The Imitation Game. Acting trophies went to Julianne Moore, Eddie Redmayne, Patricia Arquette and JK Simmons.

Here’s how it went down tonight with Team Deadline:

Dominic Patten February 22, 20154:32 pm

While we wait for the 87th Oscars to start, here’s something that Selma director Ava DuVernay posted online earlier today that’s worth taking a look at in my opinion.

Patrick Hipes February 22, 20154:40 pm

The rain appears to be on people’s minds on the red carpet. Brit Eddie Redmayne just told ABC that he brought the weather with him. Meanwhile, our Lisa de Moraes reports that on CNN they are showing workers using poles to push up the tent ceiling to move away the pooling water to keep it from collapsing.

Dominic Patten February 22, 20154:46 pm

More rain references from an Oscar nominated Brit with The Imitation Game’s Benedict Cumberbatch noting the “squishy” red carpet. Can’t do the accent – or rather, won’t try.

Nancy Tartaglione February 22, 20154:46 pm

From my perch here in France, where Canal Plus is airing its red carpet coverage, there are an awful lot of French speakers among the nominees. U.S. born
Damien Chazelle fluently sends a shout-out to the French public; Brits Felicity Jones and Eddie Redmayne also show off their skills…

Nancy Tartaglione February 22, 20154:52 pm

“500,000 signatures and counting – they can’t say no to that”: Harvey Weinstein to French TV regarding the petition inspired by The Imitation Game calling to pardon the estimated 49K men convicted under the UK’s anti-gay laws

Dominic Patten February 22, 20154:56 pm

This LAX view is part of what L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti said the city would do to celebrate Oscar Weekend – when he revealed the City of Angels’ new Greenlight Hollywood campaign to inform studios, agencies and managers of the benefits of the Golden State’s new $330 million Film and TV Tax Credits program. Read about that here
L.A. Mayor Unveils ‘Greenlight Hollywood’ Initiative To Fight Runaway Production

David Bloom February 22, 20154:57 pm

Dominic Patten February 22, 20155:06 pm

After that technicolor jacket he wore to yesterday’s Indie Spirit Awards, kind of disappointed to see Jared Leto on the red carpet sporting just amore muted outfit …maybe that’s part of what Ethan Hawke means when he talks about “gentle pirates” – or not

Dominic Patten February 22, 20155:12 pm

After that technicolor jacket he wore to yesterday’s Indie Spirit Awards, kind of disappointed to see Jared Leto on the red carpet sporting just amore muted outfit …maybe that’s part of what Ethan Hawke means when he talks about “gentle pirates” – or not

Nancy Tartaglione February 22, 20155:20 pm

Everyone is running late because of the rain, is this an omen for how long the show will go? French TV just showed Oprah running…

Dominic Patten February 22, 20155:22 pm

This should be titled Star On Bike Gets Oscar Wet

Dominic Patten February 22, 20155:28 pm

Did Reese leave anyone out?

Mike Fleming February 22, 20155:32 pm

NPH, going for it right away with the racial diversity joke. But could we have gone more than ten seconds before the first musical interlude? Is this the Oscars or the Tonys?

Dominic Patten February 22, 20155:32 pm

And here come the holograms – the future of Hollywood is Chaplin and Monroe?

Dominic Patten February 22, 20155:33 pm

This opening is one big tribute to special effects in a Zelig way

Mike Fleming February 22, 20155:35 pm

Jack Black actually encapsulated everything that is wrong with the studio system right now.

Dominic Patten February 22, 20155:36 pm

In what I’d say was the best stage Kanye West moment of the year — including Kanye’s

Dominic Patten February 22, 20155:37 pm

There’s Eddie Murphy in the audience – still want to see him host the Oscars, one day…

Dominic Patten February 22, 20155:41 pm

These nominee graphics look great – sharp for once

Dominic Patten February 22, 20155:43 pm

Did just the Whiplash section give J.K. Simmons a standing O? Doesn’t matter, his thank yous are getting better with every award show this season

Patrick Hipes February 22, 20155:44 pm

Winner: Supporting Actor, JK Simmons, Whiplash

Dominic Patten February 22, 20155:46 pm

Watching a glass box with a briefcase of Harris’ predictions? Really? First truly lame moment

Dominic Patten February 22, 20155:52 pm

Begin Again was such an overlooked pic – just got buried with the name change from Can a Song Save Your Life? Shame

Dominic Patten February 22, 20155:55 pm

David Bloom February 22, 20155:56 pm

Nice version of ‘Lost Stars’ by Adam Levine (seen here on Red Carpet) and his band, Maroon 5. Song is from ‘Begin Again.” 

Dominic Patten February 22, 20155:56 pm

Nancy Tartaglione February 22, 20155:58 pm

Winner: Costume Design, Milena Canonero, The Grand Budapest Hotel

Nancy Tartaglione February 22, 20156:01 pm

Grand Budapest Hotel is another one of those movies that started its career all the back in early 2014 when it won the Grand Jury Prize in Berlin. Boyhood was in competition there too. This year, Berlin, which just wrapped last week, isn’t looking quite so prescient.

Nancy Tartaglione February 22, 20156:02 pm

Winner: Make Up & Hairstyling, Francis Hannon and Mark Coulier, The Grand Budapest Hotel

Mike Fleming February 22, 20156:08 pm

Seriously rethinking the wisdom of populating the Oscarcast writing staff with guys like Greg Berlanti and Seth Grahame-Smith and others not known for comedy as much as for The Flash and Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter. They’ve fed NPH a lotta lame lines so far. Is it too early to fantasize about Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, who finished their Golden Globes warm up tour. Ladies? 

Nancy Tartaglione February 22, 20156:11 pm

Winner: Foreign Language Film, Ida, dir: Pawel Pawlikowski

Nancy Tartaglione February 22, 20156:13 pm

This is Poland’s first Foreign Language win

Dominic Patten February 22, 20156:13 pm

Ida won yesterday at the Indie Spirit Awards. Pawlikowski had that great line about thanking his other nominees for losing. Today he’s pushing the walk-off music back for an equally big cheer in the Dolby. No mic cut

Mike Fleming February 22, 20156:13 pm

Thank goodness for a spontaneous fun moment. Pawlikowski will likely finish his acceptance speech backstage.

Dominic Patten February 22, 20156:21 pm

Between Tegan and Sara, the old SNL digital short gang, members of The Roots and Devo, LEGO Movie gets its awesome Oscar moment even though its nowhere to be found in the Best Animated Features category.  Looks like they were handing old those Lego Oscars in the Dolby that co-director Phil Lord put up on his Twitter feed on the day the nominations were announced. 

David Bloom February 22, 20156:23 pm

Mike Fleming February 22, 20156:24 pm

Awesome Oscar moment with LEGO? Not feeling it. They are killing us with these musical numbers. Aren’t we here to celebrate movies? How about more of that?

Patrick Hipes February 22, 20156:26 pm

Winner: BEST LIVE ACTION SHORT FILM – The Phone Call; Mat Kirkby and James Lucas

Mike Fleming February 22, 20156:27 pm

So far, we’ve seen an award go to JK Simmons for Whiplash, which almost none of the worldwide audience has seen. And some other projects audiences haven’t seen. It’s been an hour and nothing very compelling has happened. Seth MacFarlane, help!

Patrick Hipes February 22, 20156:29 pm

Winner: Best Documentary Short Subject – Crisis Hotline: Veterans Press 1

Ellen Goosenberg Kent and Dana Perry
Mike Fleming February 22, 20156:29 pm

Second obscure filmmaker to continue thanking people we haven’t heard of while being played off by the orchestra. Dangerous trend. Next year, let’s have AC/DC drowning out the inane thank yous!

Mike Fleming February 22, 20156:35 pm

David Oyelowo getting some deserved love. Was robbed big time. You are tempted to say he’ll get another chance, but you only get one chance to play MLK and he crushed it.

Mike Fleming February 22, 20156:36 pm

Oh, good. Another musical number! We almost went 30 seconds without one!

Dominic Patten February 22, 20156:40 pm

Between Tegan and Sara, the old SNL digital short gang, members of The Roots and Devo, LEGO Movie gets its awesome Oscar moment even though its nowhere to be found in the Best Animated Features category.  Looks like they were handing out those Lego Oscars in the Dolby that co-director Phil Lord put up on his Twitter feed on the day the nominations were announced. 

Mike Fleming February 22, 20156:43 pm

Aerobicized NPH! But the Miles Teller drumming joke was better when it was used during the Spirit Awards yesterday.

Nancy Tartaglione February 22, 20156:45 pm

For the first time in forever, Canal Plus is NOT simultaneously dubbing the ceremony into French which usually obscures the jokes… Be careful what you wish for?

Dominic Patten February 22, 20156:47 pm

And now a word or rather a tweet from one of the Oscars producers –

Nancy Tartaglione February 22, 20156:47 pm

Winner: Sound Mixing, Whiplash; Craig Mann, Ben Wilkins, Thomas Curley

Mike Fleming February 22, 20156:47 pm

Whiplash and Grand Budapest Hotel setting the early pace with a couple awards each. Not going to last.

Mike Fleming February 22, 20156:49 pm

Those Whiplash sound men actually ran out of people to thank.

Nancy Tartaglione February 22, 20156:49 pm

Winner: Sound Editing, American Sniper, Alan Robert Murray, Bub Asman

Mike Fleming February 22, 20156:51 pm

Spoiler alert. Patricia Arquette will win Best Supporting Actress

Nancy Tartaglione February 22, 20156:54 pm

Winner: Best Supporting Actress, Patricia Arquette, Boyhood

Dominic Patten February 22, 20156:58 pm

Patricia Arquette took that Oscar win spotlight to hit the political button hard with her passioned cry for equal wage rights for women – and fellow nominee Meryl Streep and other women in the Dolby were on their feet fast in support .. more on the Boyhood star’s Supporting Actress win soon

Mike Fleming February 22, 20157:01 pm

So now they’ve gotten the Best Song nominees out of the way. So they can have different musical numbers?

Mike Fleming February 22, 20157:04 pm

Visual effects one of the cool categories. Apes, Interstellar or Guardians of the Galaxy? pick em

Nancy Tartaglione February 22, 20157:04 pm

Winner: Visual Effects, Interstellar, Paul Franklin, Andrew Lockley, Ian Hunter, Scott Fisher

Mike Fleming February 22, 20157:06 pm

Who would have thought in early fall that this might be the night highlight for Interstellar?

Mike Fleming February 22, 20157:07 pm

Kevin Hart, is wearing that tux!

Nancy Tartaglione February 22, 20157:07 pm

Winner, Best Animated Short, Feast, Patrick Osborne and Kristina Reed

Dominic Patten February 22, 20157:08 pm

Feast was fantastic – it played before Big Hero 6 …can we get a feature version Disney?

Nancy Tartaglione February 22, 20157:11 pm

Winner: Best Animated Feature, Big Hero 6, Don Hall, Chris Williams and Roy Conli

Dominic Patten February 22, 20157:11 pm

Wow – that was a surprise win for Big Hero 6 .. Feast led the way

Nancy Tartaglione February 22, 20157:14 pm

Disney’s Big Hero 6 follows in the footsteps of last year’s winner Frozen; both of which have been massive hits – especially in Japan…

David Bloom February 22, 20157:14 pm

Mike Fleming February 22, 20157:15 pm

One thing this Oscars isn’t doing is appealing to a younger audience. Making it about song and dance–an art form that people under 35 are not familiar with and don’t see, threatens to keep the audience older rather than attracting young viewers. Young people watch short clips on the web. And mashups. If there was more focus on that, might it be more appealing to a younger viewership? How about online Oscar pools and the notion of introducing the bets made by the people at home so the average viewer will have some context about favorites and upsets–which is at the root of why people watch sports? This broadcast feels frozen in the past.

David Bloom February 22, 20157:19 pm

Brown liquor with Jack Black. That works

Mike Fleming February 22, 20157:20 pm

Cheryl Boone Isaacs’ vow to protect freedom of speech seems hollow, since many of the studio execs clapping were the ones who stood by silently and left Sony out there, suffering alone when their emails were stolen and served up to embarrass them, all to validate a terror threat that invoked 9/11 and was attributed to North Korea.

Mike Fleming February 22, 20157:21 pm

Production Design, will be hard for Grand Budapest to lose, unless Interstellar squeaks in there.

Nancy Tartaglione February 22, 20157:22 pm

Winner: Production Design, The Grand Budapest Hotel, Adam Stockhausen, Anna Pinnock

Mike Fleming February 22, 20157:22 pm

Grand Budapest now winning the night, with three Oscar wins. A compulsively watchable film. Amazing to consider that movie grossed $175 million worldwide. That is some kind of victory.

Nancy Tartaglione February 22, 20157:25 pm

Winner, Cinematography, Emmanuel Lubezki, Birdman

Mike Fleming February 22, 20157:27 pm

Chivo Lubezki, who won last year for Gravity, was a lock for the Cinematography Oscar. Will this start to turn things for Birdman? Another win for Fox Searchlight, which is killing it tonight and made everyone at Sundance mad when it walked off with Me and Earl and the Dying Girl. Keep an eye on that movie when we do this again next year.

Mike Fleming February 22, 20157:32 pm

Meryl’s speech so graceful and heartfelt. she lost Mike Nichols, one of the all time greats

Mike Fleming February 22, 20157:33 pm

This tribute to those who passed underscores how visually beautiful this Oscarcast is. Exquisite.

Mike Fleming February 22, 20157:43 pm

Feels like they left some people out. One: Joan Rivers. She didn’t make movies, but she certainly trashed the wardrobes of people who did. Shirley Temple Black also no shout out, and none for Maximilian Schell. We also noticed Harold Ramis and Phil Seymour Hoffman, but they were covered during the last Oscarcast.

Nancy Tartaglione February 22, 20157:44 pm

Winner: Editing, Tom Cross, Whiplash

Mike Fleming February 22, 20157:47 pm

Terrence Howard creating friction with that microphone. How great was he in Crash?

Patrick Hipes February 22, 20157:48 pm

From our Jeremy Gerard in NYC: NPH has sounded echoic from the beginning; the intro to Jennifer Hudson sounded s if it was happening in a wind tunnel.  How could they have not prepared for this?

Mike Fleming February 22, 20157:49 pm

From our intrepid backstage reporter Anthony Dalessandro. The Academy gave us a list of how the awards would lay out, and then went and did something out. Per Anthony:
They made an apology….and gave us the following:

after Editing…

16. Documentary Feature
17. Music song
18. Music socre
19. Original Screenplay
20. Adapated Screenplay
21. Directing
22. Actor
23. Actress
24. Motion Picture

Mike Fleming February 22, 20157:50 pm

CitizenFour a lock. Will they give a shout out to NYTimesman David Carr, who died after moderating a riveting panel that featured Edward Snowden?

Nancy Tartaglione February 22, 20157:51 pm

Winner: Documentary Feature, CitizenFour, Laura Poitras, Mathilde Bonnefoy and Dirk Wilutzky

Mike Fleming February 22, 20157:52 pm

The second Oscar win for upstart distributor Radius-TWC. Good night for Tom Quinn and Jason Janego.

Mike Fleming February 22, 20157:55 pm

John Travolta coming up as presenter. You think he’ll be joined by Idina Menzel, whom he called Adele Dazeem when he introduced her Frozen song?

Dominic Patten February 22, 20157:57 pm

Double victory for HBO in the docus categories with both the short and feature length winners

Mike Fleming February 22, 20157:58 pm

NPH’s lock box gag is just killing it.

Dominic Patten February 22, 20157:59 pm

Hey -not meaning to jump over the Glory performance but did your TV freeze up for a sec after the CitzenFour win? NSA showing their displeasure?

Dominic Patten February 22, 20158:02 pm

The visuals and on-stage presentation of Glory is amazing – talk about reaching up to the level of the material. And Common and John Legend are on fire

Mike Fleming February 22, 20158:03 pm

Cast of Selma moved to tears. And Chris Pine. That was some stirring number. I don’t see how that doesn’t win Best Song.

Nancy Tartaglione February 22, 20158:06 pm

Winner: Orignal Song, “Glory” from Selma, John Stephens and Lonnie Lynn

Mike Fleming February 22, 20158:10 pm

Common’s Glory speech is so touching. Worthy of such a strong film that was Selma. Why didn’t it factor more in the Best Picture race and why was David Oyelowo snubbed and director Ava DuVernay? Maybe it was that Paramount expected Interstellar to be its Oscar juggernaut and didn’t latch onto Selma too late. Maybe the decision to attach its meaning to volatile current events polarized the voting body. Hard to say. But in another year, and under other circumstances, that movie could have owned the night.

Mike Fleming February 22, 20158:13 pm

Promo for ABC series Secrets and Lies. Does that look like a direct life of Gone Girl, or what? Substituted the wife with a little kid. And Ryan Phillippe in the Ben Affleck role.

Dominic Patten February 22, 20158:15 pm

Nancy Tartaglione February 22, 20158:15 pm

Feminism, freedom of speech, freedom period – very socially conscious Oscar ceremony…

Mike Fleming February 22, 20158:19 pm

Lady Gaga medley-ing Sound of Music. Like hot needles through the eyes.

Dominic Patten February 22, 20158:22 pm

Look Julie Andrews can’t do it any more but having Lady Gaga doing ‘The Sound Of Music’ Is that because the Oscar producers, who produced NBC’s Sound Of Music live, couldn’t get a repeat performance out of Carrie Underwood? The crowd in the Dolby obviously loved it but the demo at home who cares have long since gone to sleep or out clubbing. Justin Bieber coming out to sing Edelweiss next? And now Julie Andrews has blessed it all, ugh!

Mike Fleming February 22, 20158:23 pm

No Christopher Plummer for celebration of Sound Of Music’s 50th. Always heard it is not a pleasant memory. He was offered a stake in the film and took the cash instead. The Nazis lost, and so did the great Christopher Plummer.

David Bloom February 22, 20158:23 pm

Making up is entertaining to do….

Nancy Tartaglione February 22, 20158:23 pm

Winner: Original Score, Alexandre Desplat, The Grand Budapest Hotel

Mike Fleming February 22, 20158:25 pm

How many more musical interludes are required before this Oscarcast is considered a musical?

Nancy Tartaglione February 22, 20158:27 pm

The affable and tireless Alexandre Desplat
finally wins an Oscar. He was jury president in Venice in August and
since then I’ve run into him in, I think, three different countries at
various festivals and awards ceremonies.

Mike Fleming February 22, 20158:30 pm

Grand Budapest Hotel will not be denied. It has won four Oscars so far. A win for Best Original Screenplay would give it five Golden Guys. I don’t think any film would surpass it for total hardware, even when the Big Awards are doled out..after 20 musical numbers

Mike Fleming February 22, 20158:30 pm

Why does Eddie Murphy taking the stage make me think of Bill Cosby?

Nancy Tartaglione February 22, 20158:31 pm

Winner: Original Screenplay, Birdman, Alejandro G. Inarritu, Nicolas Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris Jr and Armando Bo

Mike Fleming February 22, 20158:32 pm

Birdman scripting prize a real surprise. Now, if Birdman wins Director, Actor and Picture, it will walk away with the biggest awards haul, not Grand Budapest. Both films go in the Fox Searchlight awards column.

Mike Fleming February 22, 20158:34 pm

I met with Alejandro and his band of writers the morning after they crushed it at the New York Film Festival. They were all hung over, and seemed shocked that their crazy synthesis of Alejandro’s manic creative insecurities stuck with the audience. Clearly it connected beyond that small group, proving we are all impossibly insecure.

Nancy Tartaglione February 22, 20158:35 pm

Winner: Adapted Screenplay, Graham Moore, The Imitation Game

Mike Fleming February 22, 20158:39 pm

How many people (me included) have food in their freezer that is older than Imitation Game screenwriter Graham Moore? What a career this young man has ahead of him. And a wonderful plea for tolerance. Well played. This was a Black List-topping script that seemed destined to be made by Warner Bros with Leonardo DiCaprio. It got kicked loose, Teddy Schwarzman’s Black Bear Pictures jumps in, and it becomes the record setting deal ever made at the Berlin Film Festival. It has been wildly profitable, a real success no matter the Best Picture outcome.

David Bloom February 22, 20158:39 pm

Mike Fleming February 22, 20158:42 pm

Wow. Ben Affleck presenting the Best Director Oscar. That means he gets to hold that award at least for a moment. Because clearly, Best Picture winner Argo directed itself. Enjoy the feel of that golden trophy, Ben!

Nancy Tartaglione February 22, 20158:42 pm

Winner: Best Director, Alejandro G Inarritu, Birdman

Mike Fleming February 22, 20158:45 pm

Inarritu’s win is a big momentum swing for Birdman, which could win Best Actor and Best Picture. He could be back next year. The Revenant, which he’s shooting in remote locations in Calgary, sounds like a tough shoot–all 9 months of it. Birdman was certainly ambitious, but The Revenant with Leonardo DiCaprio takes that to another level.

Nancy Tartaglione February 22, 20158:47 pm

So after consecutive wins here for pals Alfonso Cuaron and Alejandro Inarritu, does this tee up the third amigo Guillermo del Toro for next year?

Mike Fleming February 22, 20158:49 pm

So who is getting this, Keaton or Redmayne? Many think Keaton sewed this up with his Golden Globes speech. But Redmayne’s performance was so fully realized. I’m gonna guess Keaton.

Nancy Tartaglione February 22, 20158:51 pm

Winner: Best Actor, Eddie Redmayne, The Theory Of Everything

Mike Fleming February 22, 20158:52 pm

So much for sentimentality. Impossible to not feel good for Redmayne, who so humanized Hawking and brought understanding to what we know as this genius in a ruined husk of a body. And the Academy forgave him for his ham handed turn in Jupiter Ascending.

Mike Fleming February 22, 20158:54 pm

Are those stream of consciousness Lincoln commercials going to catch up in a bad way to Matthew McConaughey?

Mike Fleming February 22, 20158:56 pm

Prevailing wisdom is Julianne Moore takes Best Actress in a landslide. Great performances from top to bottom, though.

Nancy Tartaglione February 22, 20158:57 pm

Winner: Best Actress, Julianne Moore, Still Alice

Mike Fleming February 22, 20158:59 pm

Julianne Moore is so well liked and after being snubbed several other times, it’s hard to begrudge her this one.

Mike Fleming February 22, 20159:01 pm

NPH, beating that lock box to death! Hope the payoff is good.

Dominic Patten February 22, 20159:03 pm

Very nice Mr. Rodriguez, very nice indeed.

Mike Fleming February 22, 20159:03 pm

The payoff wasn’t good.

Nancy Tartaglione February 22, 20159:05 pm

Winner: Best Picture, Birdman, Alejandro G Inarritu, John Lesher, and James W Skotchdopole, Producers

Dominic Patten February 22, 20159:09 pm

From the DGA President on Inarritu’s Oscar win (He won at DGA Awards too)

Mike Fleming February 22, 20159:11 pm

Sean Penn, who worked with Inarritu in 21 Grams, dropped a good Green Card line. A shout out is in order for Arnon Milchan and Brad Weston at New Regency. They conspired to turn around that production/finance company back into what it once was, a tastemaking entity behind such films as JFK, Heat, Fight Club, Man on Fire and L.A. Confidential. With the Birdman Best Picture, that makes two Best Picture winners in a row for the reconstituted New Regency after 12 Years A Slave. Laudable.

Erik Pedersen February 22, 20159:12 pm

Wins by Film:
Birdman: 4
The Grand Budapest Hotel: 4
Whiplash: 3
American Sniper: 1
Big Hero 6: 1
Boyhood: 1
Crisis Hotline: Veterans Press 1
Feast: 1
Glory: 1
Ida: 1
The Imitation Game: 1
Interstellar: 1
The Phone Call: 1
Still Alice: 1
The Theory of Everything: 1

Erik Pedersen February 22, 20159:13 pm

Show clocked in a 3 hours, 38 minutes.

Mike Fleming February 22, 20159:14 pm

The best post-Oscar party will be at Boa, where Fox Searchlight will hold its Oscar bash. They owned the night. Between Birdman and Grand Budapest Hotel, the distributor notched eight Oscars. Sony Pictures Classics had a good night also, winning four Oscars between Whiplash and Julianne Moore’s Best Actress win for Still Alice.

Mike Fleming February 22, 20159:19 pm

As a final note for the Oscarcast, Neil Patrick Harris did a thoroughly professional job. If Zadan and Meron produce this again, and there’s no reason to think they won’t (it was a polished production), they ought to stock the writing pond with some solid comedy writers. The show would have benefited from more laughs and fewer musical moments. 

David Bloom February 22, 20159:29 pm