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Tony Awards 2015: Kristin Chenoweth and Alan Cumming open the show while Harvey Weinstein continues to rake in money

Our first thought while watching the 2015 Tony Awards? We didn’t tune in to see Alan Cumming’s knees. Cummings’ short trousers weren’t a great look on the red carpet, where Sting (whose musical “The Last Ship” closed in winter and didn’t get a best musical nomination) forecast that Cumming would deliver “the right balance of respect and irreverence.”

That may have been a good call.

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At the outset, Cumming and Kristin Chenoweth looked snappy together, and her long black suitdress managed to dress him up wonderfully. In the mandatory light-parody opening, Cumming sang a verse from “Cabaret” — he’s known for playing the naughty Emcee — with a new verse: “This is this the last time I’ll ever sing this song.” Chenoweth’s reply? “‘Til the revival paycheck comes along.”

They ribbed Hollywood bigwig Harvey Weinstein, whose Broadway musical “Finding Neverland” is not nominated at all tonight — and got a big smile from Weinstein when they noted that he’s getting the last laugh at the box office. (The show is raking in more than $1 million a week.)

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But the telecast wasted little time getting to this year’s crowd-pleasing musical comedy, “Something Rotten!” The show is about Renaissance theater producers trying to one-up that snob Shakespeare with a new idea — musicals! — and the catchy tune is as good a bet as any to charm everyone CBS is after, from theater snobs who get all the inside references (“Les Miz,” “Annie,” “Chorus Line” and more) to folks who just want a jolly song and dance. “Something Rotten!” is a longshot for the big prize, but it was a no-brainer for the opener.

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