On the Tony Awards broadcast (which CBS will beam from Radio City Music Hall this Sunday from 8-11 pm), it’s all about the musical numbers, from “The King and I” and “Something Rotten” (starring two stars of the late lamented TV musical “Smash”) to “An American in Paris.” That’s why I watch–to see choice bits of the Broadway shows I haven’t been able to see–especially these days, as Hollywood and Broadway have fallen back in love, there’s plenty of reasons to tune in.
Will Carey Mulligan (“The Audience”) beat Helen Mirren (“The Audience”) and Ruth Wilson (“Constellations”) for Best Actress in A Drama? Will Bradley Cooper score for “The Elephant Man”? Will the show pay some kind of tribute to the legendary songwriting team Betty Comden & Adolph Green, who wrote lyrics for “On The Town,” “On The Twentieth Century” and on the TV side, “Peter Pan,” which was broadcast live by NBC. We know that the night’s Lifetime Achievement winner is Tommy Tune, who is also slated to be a presenter.
As Neil Patrick Harris licks his Oscar wounds, the co-hosts are Tony nominee Kristin Chenoweth (“On the Twentieth Century”) and Alan Cumming (who won for “Cabaret” and stars in CBS’s “The Good Wife”). Presenters include Bryan Cranston, Neil Patrick Harris, Jim Parsons, Anna Chlumsky, Larry David and Rose Byrne, plus more.
The Tony Awards show will include Josh Groban plus a record for the Tonys, 175 performers on-stage for a special performance, along with the following performances by 2015 Tony nominees for Best Musical and Best Musical Revival including among others, Vanessa Hudgens, Matthew Morrison, Kelli O’Hara, Ken Watanabe, Kelsey Grammer, Brian D’Arcy James, Christian Borle, Tyne Daly, Chita Rivera and more.
A medley of “Life Is Like A Train,” “On the 20th Century,” “I’ve Got It All” and “Babette” from On The Twentieth Century;
“Getting to Know You” and “Shall We Dance?” from The King and I;
“Ring of Keys” from Fun Home;
“A Musical” from Something Rotten!
A medley of “An American in Paris (pas de deux),” “’S Wonderful” and “I Got Rhythm” from An American in Paris;
“Love and Love Alone” and “I Would Never Leave You” from The Visit
A medley of “Lonely Town,” “New York, New York,” and “Times Square Ballet” from On the Town.
The Tonys will also promote some musicals that are still running, even though they haven’t been nominated:
Gigi (“The Night They Invented Champagne”)
Finding Neverland (“Stronger”)
It Shoulda Been You (“Jenny’s Blues”)
Jersey Boys (“Oh What A Night”)
Snippets from the THR video roundtables for Actress and Actress are below.