With just hours to go before the Tony Awards tonight here on CBS, Mo Rocca has headed to Broadway, where he's sharing his backstage pass:
Last year, when Neil Patrick Harris took center stage as host of the Tony Awards, he sang, he danced, he even jumped through a hoop -- leading a cavalcade of Broadway's best in an opening number that stopped the show.
If there's anyone who can follow that act, it's the man who hasn't just won a Tony, but has hosted the awards show three times before: Hugh Jackman.
"No, I'm terrible!" Jackman laughed. "No, that's a very good question. The secret is out. I am the worst host. I have been known, actually, to escape my own parties because I'm just a bit tired."
"So if people come to your house for dinner, there's no opening number?"
"No, I'm good at the opening! And I will cook. But I will expect you to clean up. Is that wrong? And I'll start switching the lights on and off 'round about 9:30. 'Feel free to stay and clean up, or you can go now!'"
Jackman isn't just a song-and-dance man; he's also "X-Men"'s Wolverine. So he's used to flying into action. And that's what he and all the other actors and crew have to do to put on this live extravaganza.
James Monroe Iglehart, nominated for "Aladdin: The Musical," is one of those actors.
"All right, let's talk about awards shows," said Rocca, "because there's the obsession with the Oscars, year in and year out, and sometimes it's a decent show. The Tonys is always the better show."
"The Tonys are always the better show, because regular, flat-footed film actors don't do anything but smile and clap," said Iglehart. "Broadway people, we sing, we dance, we act!"
Think of the Tonys as 20 different Broadway shows packed into one, a Great White Way smorgasbord, if you will.
In charge of this Broadway buffet: Executive producers Ricky Kirshner and Glenn Weiss, who have to throw the show together pretty fast.
"The hardest part of this show is the timetable," said Weiss, "because from nominations to show is one of the shortest period of times of any awards show. So it really is kind of a dash to the finish line."