Turns out taking the high road leads to the Beacon Theater, at least for Daniel Radcliffe and Chris Rock who were left off the list of Tony Awards nominees but will still be presenting at the June 12 kudos. Radcliffe, who made his musical debut this season in the nominated revival of “How to Succeed,” will also be performing with the rest of the cast on the CBS show.
This is the second time that Radcliffe has failed to win over the Tony nominating committee. He was also snubbed two seasons ago for his Broadway debut in a revival of the play “Equus” but he appeared alongside Katie Holmes (who had been similarly overlooked for “All My Sons”) at the 2009 Tonys. Rock is making his stage debut this year in the Best Play nominee “The Motherf***er With the Hat.” Three of his co-stars are in contention: lead actor Bobby Canavale and featured performers Elizabeth Rodriguez and Yul Vazquez.
Also slated to appear on the 65th annual edition of these awards are a pair of Tony champs — James Earl Jones and Vanessa Redgrave; he was snubbed but she contends for “Driving Miss Daisy.” Five-time Tony winner Angela Lansbury, who hosted these kudos a record five times, will present as will Catherine Zeta-Jones, her Tony-winning co-star from last season’s revival of “A Little Night Music.” Other Tony champs on the roster include: Matthew Broderick, Viola Davis, David Hyde-Pierce and Robert Morse. And EGOT winner Whoopi Goldberg will be on hand as will five-time Emmy winner Kelsey Grammer, and two-time Emmy champ Alec Baldwin.
One CBS star — Neil Patrick Harris (“How I Met Your Mother”) — is hosting the awards while a trio of Tiffany net stars new — Patrick Wilson (“A Gifted Man”) and old — Marg Helgenberger (“CSI”) and Jim Parsons (“The Big Bang Theory”) — will be showcased as well.