Hollywood trotted out a bunch of out-of-work stars and called it the Tony Awards?
Indeed. It's that time again, Chickpeas... TONY TIME! The Antoinette Perry "Tony" Awards will be broadcast live, from the Beacon Theatre on CBS, Sunday, June 12th, 8:00 - 11:00 p.m. (Sorry for the time delay PDT'ers).
So - now, for a little teaser ...
On Wednesday, the Tony Awards announced the line-up of performances for the telecast. Featuring unforgettable opening and closing numbers and non-stop entertainment throughout the entirety of the show - the evening will include performances by the 2011 Tony-nominated Best Musicals, Anything Goes featuring Sutton Foster; Catch Me If You Can with Norbert Leo Butz and Aaron Tveit; How to Suceed in Business Without Really Trying featuring Daniel Radcliffe and John Larroquette; Sister Act featuring Patina Miller; The Book of Mormon featuring Andrew Rannells and The Scottsboro Boys featuring Joshua Henry.
Additionally, casts from some of Broadway's "other shows", will take the stage - including the 2010 Tony Award Winning Musical Memphis; Spider-Man Turn Off the Dark featuring Reeve Carney and Jennifer Damiano; John Leguizamo's Ghetto Klown; and the cast of Priscilla Queen of the Desert featuring Nick Adams, Tony Sheldon, Will Swenson and special appearances by Paul Shaffer and the legendary Martha Wash.
As previously announced, the Tony Awards will reassemble an all-star cast of the New York Philharmonic's April 2011 limited run of Company. This once-in-a-lifetime assembly of talent will perform LIVE exclusively at the Tony Awards and will feature Stephen Colbert, Jon Cryer, Katie Finneran, Neil Patrick Harris, Christina Hendricks, Aaron Lazar, Patti LuPone, Jill Paice, Martha Plimpton, Anika Noni Rose, Jennifer Laura Thompson, Jim Walton and Chryssie Whitehead.
Hosted by Emmy winner Neil Patrick Harris, the evening will feature appearances by: Alec Baldwin, Christie Brinkley, Matthew Broderick, Harry Connick, Jr., Viola Davis, Whoopi Goldberg, Kelsey Grammer, Joel Grey, Marg Helgenberger, Samuel L. Jackson, James Earl Jones, Angela Lansbury, Jim Parsons, David Hyde Pierce, Daniel Radcliffe, Vanessa Redgrave, Chris Rock, Brooke Shields, Robin Williams, Patrick Wilson and Catherine Zeta-Jones.
Even though I don't see my favorite red head Kathy Griffin on the above lists, I'm still looking forward with cautious optimism.
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