UPDATE: Oscar host Seth MacFarlane and Kristin Chenoweth will perform a special show-closing musical number on the February 24 telecast. Producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron stated that the performance will follow the Best Picture win, and will be “a can’t-miss moment.”
EARLIER: Jennifer Hudson, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, Anne Hathaway, Amanda Seyfried, Eddie Redmayne, Aaron Tveit, Samantha Barks and Helena Bonham Carter are confirmed to perform in a tribute honoring movie musicals from the past decade on the February 24 Oscar telecast. Producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron previously announced that they are “excited to showcase three musical films — ‘Chicago,’ ‘Dream Girls’ and ‘Les Miserables’ — on our Oscar show.”
Oscar winners Renee Zellweger and Zeta-Jones will join their “Chicago” cast mates Richard Gere and Queen Latifah to present together onstage during the Oscars telecast. Zadan and Meron produced the Rob Marshall film; 2013 marks the film’s 10th anniversary of its Best Picture win.
The musical dint to the evening was preordained. As we predicted when Oscar producers Zadan and Meron were first announced, their musical background (Storyline Entertainment has produced successful musicals, from TV’s “Annie” and “Cinderella” to 2007 remake “Hairspray”) will yield one of the more musically oriented Oscar telecasts on February 24. In other words, think Tonys. They lined up Adele ahead of her nomination in case she could perform her theme from “Skyfall.”
Norah Jones will also perform “Everybody Needs a Best Friend” from “Ted” (written by host Ted MacFarlane), and Dame Shirley Bassey, who has recorded more than 44 albums and sold over 135 million records, will make a special appearance on Oscar night, which will celebrate James Bond’s 50th anniversary. In the US, Bassey is best known for recording the theme songs for “Goldfinger,” “Diamonds Are Forever” and “Moonraker.”
Two-time Oscar winner Barbra Streisand will also perform at the Academy Awards on February 24. Streisand has performed only once before at the ceremony, 36 years ago in 1977, when she performed the love theme from “A Star is Born” and won the Best Original Song Oscar for that film’s “Evergreen” on the same night. “In an evening that celebrates the artistry of movies and music,” the producers asked, “how could the telecast be complete without Barbra Streisand?”
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