News Nuggets: Tony Awards announce more performances than ever before

Tony Awards will feature more performances than ever before. From the press release: “The evening, which will be packed with more entertainment than ever before, will feature performances by  2012 Tony Nominated Musicals including: ‘Evita‘ featuring Ricky Martin and Elena Roger; ‘Follies‘ featuring Tony nominated actor Danny Burstein; ‘The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess‘ featuring Tony nominees Audra McDonald, Norm Lewis and David Alan Grier; ‘Jesus Christ Superstar‘ featuring Tony nominee Josh Young; ‘Leap of Faith‘ featuring Raul Esparza; ‘Newsies,’ featuring Tony nominated actor Jeremy Jordan; ‘Nice Work If You Can Get It‘ featuring Matthew Broderick and Tony nominee Kelli O’Hara; and ‘Once‘ featuring Tony nominees Steve Kazee, Cristin Milioti and Elizabeth A. Davis.”

Neil Patrick Harris discusses why the Tonys are his favorite show to host: “‘I think the celebratory tone of it makes it my favorite show to host,’ says Harris, who previously celebrated Broadway’s biggest night with successful hosting gigs in 2009 and 2011. ‘In the Emmys and in observing the Oscars, it’s a bunch of individuals that hardly know each other that all work in their own business bubbles, and I think the opposite is true on Broadway. Most everyone is a) thrilled to be there, b) even more thrilled to be nominated but c) and I think most importantly, they all know and are supportive of each other, so you end up with this great evening where it’s not a lot of sour grapes.'” EW.COM

Mike Nichols discusses why he decided to revive “Death of a Salesman“: “It was so clearly a great play. And as the decades and finally the century passed I would keep thinking about ‘Salesman’ simply because it was more and more about the moments instead of less and less. [‘A Streetcar Named Desire’] is no longer about the moment at all. There is no Blanche DuBois anywhere; south, north, east or west. We don’t have Blanche DuBois at the moment. But we have Willy Loman; everywhere we look we see Willy Loman. We are Willy Loman. We’re on Facebook; we need to be known; we’re selling all the time. I’m selling our show right now to you. There is stunning foresight in this that really made me want to do it.” DEADLINE

BBC will air “Sherlock” around the world as part of its London Calling program: “The dashing duo is at it again and the World will be able to enjoy the exploits of Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson. BBC Worldwide Channels is bringing the team of sleuths to television screens across the globe as part of the London Calling season of special programming. ‘Sherlock’ shows the quintessential London character in a contemporary light with leading actors Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman playing the title roles with aplomb … Please visit http://www.londoncallingbbc.com or your regional BBC website to find out when ‘Sherlock’ series 1 and 2 air in your region, and to learn about London Calling’s Olympic-themed programmes that will add to the building anticipation for watching the Olympics on TV later this summer.” TIMES UNION

Eight-time Oscar winner Alan Menken looks for his first Tony Award: “With eight Academy Awards won for his musical contributions to Disney films, New Rochelle native Alan Menken has collected more Oscars than any other living person — but he never has won a Tony Award for his Broadway scores. At the June 10 Tony Awards ceremony, to be broadcast on CBS, Tony voters can rectify that for Menken, who says he’s ‘thrilled’ to receive a 2012 nomination for Best Original Score for ‘Newsies.’ The musical is the Broadway adaptation of the 1992 movie that he scored, but the award-winning composer says he didn’t figure the movie would amount to much more beyond the theatrical release.” NEWSDAY

Adele admits she would be moritified if her exes wrote songs about her: “She has made a career out of baring her soul over her ex-boyfriends. But now Adele has revealed that she would be ‘mortified’ if they did the same and wrote songs about her. The ‘Rolling in the Deep’ singer said she would ‘f****** s*** myself’ if one of her former partners went public about their relationship. She also told of her regret that she’d put so much of her personal life into her music and said she would now like to ‘take some of it back.’ On her Grammy award winning album ‘21‘ – which has sold more than 20 million copies – Adele sang with a brutal honesty about the pain her break-ups put her through.” DAILY MAIL

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