From the Start, a One-Man Show

June 10, 2013 3:46 AM

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From the Start, a One-Man Show

Mr. Harris was hosting his fourth Tony Awards. Even the best hosts of the marquee awards shows have sometimes found that after a few return engagements, the glow dims, often through no fault of their own; the writers or the viewers, or both, just need a change, and the show never catches fire.

Mr. Harris, though, would have none of that. He dazzled the house at Radio City Music Hall with an opening number that had him leaping acrobatically through a hoop, avoiding an effort by Mike Tyson to chomp his ear and pulling a vanishing act that was as impressive on television as it must have been...

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