Skip to main content Skip to footer site map

Student Blog: One Of The Greatest Tony Opening Numbers Ever

“Bigger” was written by Tony Award-winners Tom Kitt and Lin-Manuel Miranda and performed by Tony Award-winner Neil Patrick Harris at the 67th annual Tony Awards in 2013.

Student Blog: One Of The Greatest Tony Opening Numbers Ever
Photo By Goldnpuppy - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=26671662

With the Tony Awards happening recently, I figured I would look back at one of the greatest opening numbers in Tony history: "Bigger."

"Bigger" was written by Tony Award-winners Tom Kitt and Lin-Manuel Miranda and performed by Tony Award-winner Neil Patrick Harris at the 67th annual Tony Awards in 2013. The song begins with Harris and his guitar, who says he could sing a song that is quiet and small but would rather sing a bigger song. Harris then guarantees "a truly legendary show," which is a nod to his famous line in How I Met Your Mother.

Throughout the song, Harris is joined by Tonny-winning heavyweights such as Kinky Boots and Pippin and literal heavyweight Mike Tyson, who had a one-man show on Broadway in 2012. Harris is also joined by a magician and many child actors, who Harris claims are "the reason this whole season seems to look like Chuck-E-Cheese."

Later in the song, Harris delivers a powerful message to the kids watching at home, stating that everyone at the Tonys was once just a kid with a dream of making it to Broadway. The song ends with every Tony-nominated musical on stage and Harris hanging from the rim of an oversized Tony Award.

Although I highlighted my favorite parts of the song, nothing does this Emmy-award winning number justice other than watching it, which you can do below!



Related Stories

From This Author - Student Blogger: Jake Aron


Student Blog: Takeaways From My First Semester At CollegeStudent Blog: Takeaways From My First Semester At College
January 18, 2022

The biggest lesson I have learned from my first semester at college is that college is what you make of it. If you're going to college just to get a degree, spend all your time studying. If you want to get a degree plus some friends and lifelong memories, find a good work-life balance that works for you.

Student Blog: How Hamilton Transcends Musical TheaterStudent Blog: How Hamilton Transcends Musical Theater
December 15, 2021

Hamilton, the rap musical about founding father Alexander Hamilton which won 11 Tony Awards, a Grammy, an Emmy, and a Pulitzer Prize, isn't your typical Broadway musical. I will even go as far as to argue that Hamilton isn't just a musical about history but changed history both on Broadway and in the United States.

Student Blog: A Great Theater TeacherStudent Blog: A Great Theater Teacher
November 1, 2021

Although he was my teacher, I, and many other students, considered him a friend. He was one of the easiest, most enjoyable people to talk to, and he always found the good in those around him, even if there wasn't much good to find. [...] If I were tasked with characterizing a great theater teacher, I would give them every trait of Mark Guerra. If I were tasked with characterizing a great human, I would give them every trait of Mark Guerra.

Student Blog: One Of The Greatest Tony Opening Numbers EverStudent Blog: One Of The Greatest Tony Opening Numbers Ever
October 8, 2021

Throughout the song, Harris is joined by Tonny-winning heavyweights such as Kinky Boots and Pippin and literal heavyweight Mike Tyson, who had a one-man show on Broadway in 2012. Harris is also joined by a magician and many child actors, who Harris claims are “the reason this whole season seems to look like Chuck-E-Cheese.”