Saturday, June 12, 2010

Broadway's biggest night is almost here

The American Theatre Wing's Tony Awards® ceremony is the most glamorous night of the Broadway season--and this year will be no exception. As you know by now, Friends... Sean Hayes will host the event, and dozens of stage and screen stars will be on hand at Radio City Music Hall® tomorrow night.

The awards begin at 8:00 PM on CBS ... those of you in NY can get the pre-show festivities on NY1 starting at 6:00 PM.

Bring. It. On.

In addition to the current list of presenters and performers, some new presenters were announced on June 9. They include: Katie Holmes, Will & Jada Pinkett Smith, Angela Lansbury, Mark Sanchez, Daniel Radcliffe, Barbara Cook, Stanley Tucci, Idina Menzel, Laura Bell Bundy!

The show will be packed with entertainment from start to finish including a what is reportedly a phenomenal opening. There will be performances by Tony-nominated Best Musicals:
  • American Idiot
  • Fela!
  • Memphis
  • Million Dollar Quartet
as well as the Tony-nominated Best Musical Revivals:
  • La Cage aux Folles featuring Kelsey Grammer
  • A Little Night Music featuring Catherine Zeta-Jones
  • Ragtime.
Also taking the stage throughout the evening will be:
  • Green Day
  • Glee's Lea Michele and Matthew Morrison
  • Cast members from Come Fly Away, Everyday Rapture, and Promises, Promises.
This year's telecast will feature a special presentation of the Tony-nominated Best Play and Best Play revivals. The presentation will feature:
  • Denzel Washington and Viola Davis from Fences
  • Justin Bartha, Anthony LaPaglia and Tony Shalhoub from Lend Me a Tenor
  • Jan Maxwell and Rosemary Harris of The Royal Family
  • Liev Schreiber and Scarlett Johansson from A View from the Bridge
  • Laura Benanti and Michael Cerveris from In the Next Room or the vibrator play
  • Patrick Breen and Patrick Heusinger of Next Fall
  • Laura Linney and Brian d'Arcy James from Time Stands Still
  • Alfred Molina and Eddie Redmayne from Red.
Don't worry, Chickens ... if you can't wait until tomorrow night for a little Tony fix, NY1's Roma Torre gives her picks. She also gives a little shot-across-the-bow at the American Theater Wing. You see, members of the press were kicked off the Tony voter list this season; and losing that objective input is more than impactful.

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