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Bret Michaels makes a hit at Tony Awards

June 9, 2009 |  7:07 pm

Bret Michaels was rewarded with a broken nose for his appearance on the Tony Awards Sunday night. The rocker appeared with Poison in the opening number of the Tony Awards to sing "Nothin' But A Good Time" in celebration of heavy metal musical nominee "Rock of Ages." At the end of his knockout performance, Bret Michaels was rocked and rolled by a piece of scenery. While his pride may have been injured, Michaels' sense of humor remained intact.

Bret Michaels Poison Tony Awards news 1357924 As per his rep Joann Mignano to People.com: "He told me, 'All I remember is Shrek and the donkey helping me up, and Liza [Minnelli] giving me a towel. And Bret was laughing when he heard Neil Patrick Harris said he gave new meaning to headbanging." 

She added, "Bret did not walk off the stage angry or in a hissy fit. He was honored to be asked to participate and be amongst Broadway royalty, like Liza and Sir Elton [John]. He did the red carpet, and he was taking pictures with Angela Lansbury backstage. He was so happy to be there."

And the Tony Awards were happy to have Bret Michaels there too. This year's edition of the kudocast presided over by "How I Met Your Mother" star Neil Patrick Harris drew 7.5 million viewers – an increase of 1.2 million over last year when Whoopi Goldberg hosted. That 19% jump in total audience gave the Tony Awards their best ratings since 1996. And the reviews were generally good as well.

This year's Tonycast was loaded with production numbers starting with that 12-minute medley of seemingly every musical ever written. All four new musical nominees and three of the four musical revivals in contention were showcased in separate slots. And in a controversial move, three touring shows got a chance to shine on Broadway as well.  This decision to give valuable time over to road companies of "Jersey Boys," "Mamma Mia!" and "Legally Blonde" stirred up quite the debate along the rialto. However, with the ratings up so significantly expect next year's Tony Awards to feature even more musical numbers.

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