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  • Macbeth
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    #433006

    Let’s discuss the actual ceremony here – not winners, but instead presenters and performances

    I will constantly update the list below as presenters and performers are announced

    HOST
    Hugh Jackman

    PRESENTERS

    • Bradley Cooper
    • Kevin Bacon
    • Carole King
    • Maggie Gyllenhaal
    • Will Ferrell
    • Liev Schreiber
    • Emmy Rossum
    • Kate Mara
    • Zachary Quinto
    • Zachary Levi
    • Lucy Liu
    • Clint Eastwood
    • Patricia Clarkson
    • Leighton Meester
    • Ethan Hawke
    • Zach Braff
    • Matt Bomer
    • Anna Gunn
    • Gloria Estefan
    • Audra McDonald
    • Fran Drescher
    • Wayne Brady
    • Emilio Estefan
    • Kenneth Branagh
    • Tony Goldwyn
    • Vera Farmiga
    • Alessandro Nivola


    PERFORMERS

    • Fantasia, k.d. lang, Patti LaBelle, Gladys Knight and the Company of After Midnight will perform the opening number
    • Neil Patrick Harris will perform a number from Hedwig and the Angry Inch, (presumably Wig in a Box or The Origin of Love)
    • The company of Aladdin will perform a number from the show (presumably Friend Like Me
    • Carole King and Jessie Mueller will perform a number from Beautiful 
    • The company of Aladdin will perform a number from the show (presumably Friend Like Me
    • The company of A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder will perform a number from the show (presumably I Don’t Understand the Poor or I’ve Decided to Marry You
    • Sutton Foster will performa a number from Violet 
    • There will be a performance by the company of Les Miserables, (presumably One Day More)
    • Sting will perform a number from his upcoming Broadway musical The Last Ship
    • Alan Cumming will once again perform a number from Cabaret, most likely a reprisal of Wilkommen
    • Idina Menzel will perform a number from If/Then
    • Rocky will have a performance
    • Bullets Over Broadway will have a performance
    • There will be a 10th anniversary performance by the company of Wicked 
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    24Emmy
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    #433008

    They better have a special tribute planned for Julie Harris.

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    Macbeth
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    #433009

    I will go first – what do you think will be musical performance for Hedwig and the Angry Inch?

    I watched the movie and listened to some of the NPH recordings on Youtube, and I think the song that needs to be performed is Wig in a Box, because not only is this an amazing, uplifting song, it is also the entire musical in a nutshell – a soft, powerful ballad and a rocking pop song. It is also a great showcase for Harris and his acting and vocal talents. 

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    SamEckmann
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    I think Hedwig will likely go with Wig in a Box. Its catchy, upbeat, he gets to do a few costume/wig changes, and theres a bit of a sing-a-long portion. They could opt to do Origin of Love (which IMO is the most spectacularly crafted musical number this season), but while beautiful, its a little less in your face, and they will probably want something more energetic. 

    Gentleman’s Guide: I hope they go with “I’ve Decided to Marry You”. Its hysterical, very physical, and showcases two of their Tony nominees (plus the insanely overlooked Lisa O’Hare). If they wanted to showcase Jefferson Mays , I could see them going with “Its Better With a Man” which is a funny duet between the two leads and easy to perform out of context. 

    Aladdin: We’ve seen a decrease in big ensemble numbers at the Tonys because producers are tired of paying for them…but since Disney currently has more money than God, Im thinking they will shell out the dough to have the whole ensemble come out for “Friend Like Me”. If their ticket sales werent already stellar, they will be able to do even better after audiences get a taste of that one.  

    Beautiful: Ive heard Carole King and the producers intend on having her perform at the Tonys. Maybe she and Jessie Mueller could duet on Beautiful? They may end up just using King in the opening similar to Dolly Parton and Poison. 

    Les Mis: “One Day More” seems like the obvious choice here. But maybe they decide to go in a different direction? Why not let Karimloo showcase his excellent “Bring Him Home”? They’ve performed the big group number on several talk shows, and I feel like we’ve seen it done quite a bit. Why not let their adored star take center stage (and save some money in the process)? 

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    FreemanGriffin
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    I wonder if they will have Audra sing a song from Lady Day… It’s not a nominee for revival, though, but they have done a few numbers from non-nominated shows before (and Hedwig is a revival nominee and they don’t always do numbers from the revivals…)… I would prefer “Bring Him Home”, esp. since almost every single critic singled it out in their reviews… would love to see a duet between Jessie & Carole!!!

    Can’t they PLEASE show clips from the nominated plays and/or revivals? Even just a minute or two… I still remember Annette Bening and Tim Daly performing from Coastal Disturbances (on a sandy beach) and James Earl Jones bellowing at his son from a scene from Fences back in ’87…

    I’ve been watching the old Tony awards broadcasts on YouTube, which go all the way back to 1967. There seem to be a few telecasts missing but I have seen those years already – hope they make it up on there someday, though. 1971 and 1980 are the best telecasts ever!

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    SamEckmann
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    Im sure they will get Audra on there. You dont need to be a nominee to perform, you just have to pay up! ha. Which is why you frequently see “anniversary” performances, a la Lion King and Phantom. The Tonys are a huge marketing tool for Broadway. Im expecting Cabaret to get in on the action as well. And I wouldnt be surprised if Wicked announces some anniversary celebration.

    And I agree, they frequently present the play nominees in pretty awful ways. Was it last year where a chair from each play was pulled on stage with a very brief clip? oof.  

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    Beau S.
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    #433013

    With Idina nominated I’m sure we’ll see something Wicked-related.

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    vinny
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    I hope we get to see Michelle Williams perform.

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    Macbeth
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    Sam, I assume you’ve seen the show – I haven’t (sucks living overseas), but can you just explain the staging for Origin of Love, pretty please? 

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    SamEckmann
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    @Macbeth I have seen the show! Its phenomenal!

    If youre familiar with the film version (or the original stage version for that matter), then youll know that particular song uses images from “Hedwig’s diary” to tell the story of the origin of the sexes. Its used largely as the basis of how Hedwig sees her place as a trans person in a world of male vs female, and her desire to “fit” with her other half.

    In this version Hedwig takes center stage, the lights dim to focus on him. Some projections of his art from the diary appear on the wall behind him. Then a scrim lowers in front of him and the drawings/projections spring to life around her as she sings the story. NPH uses his body to animate whats happening, and the effect of projecting them onto the scrim allows the entire stage to be full of motion as his artwork moves around him. Essentially it becomes three dimensional because of the scrim, as if he’s living inside of this moving animated world. I dont want to go into specifics to ruin the effect for people, but Ill just say that I was completely in tears by the end of it. Its relatively simple (at least for this show) in its beauty.

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    Macbeth
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    ^^ I thought it would be something like that. So awesome 

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    RobertoTerra
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    It’s the 10th anniversary of Wicked and Adele Dazeem is now more worldwide famous than the majority of the nominees… Just saying

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    Beau S.
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    Interesting note:

    The screenplay for the original Bullets Over Broadway film was written by Woody Allen and Douglas McGrath.

    Allen is nominated for Best Book of a Musical (alone) for the musical version of Bullets Over Broadway.

    Also nominated for Best Book of a Musical for Beautiful is…Douglas McGrath.

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    adamunc
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    TONY press release:

     

    THE STARS ALIGN FOR BROADWAY’S BIGGEST NIGHT – THE 2014 TONY AWARDS®!

    Bradley Cooper, Kevin Bacon, Carole King, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Will
    Ferrell, Liev Schreiber, Emmy Rossum, Kate Mara, Zachary Quinto, Zachary
    Levi and others set to take the Stage
    at the 2014 Tony Awards

    Hugh Jackman Hosts the 68th Annual Tony Awards
    Broadcast Live from Radio City Music Hall on CBS, Sunday, June 8th

    New York, NY (MAY 27, 2014) – The Tony Awards have announced the line-up
    of stars who will take the stage at the 68th Annual Tony Awards. The
    2014 Tony Awards will broadcast live from Radio City Music Hall in New
    York City, on CBS, on Sunday, June 8th 8:00 – 11:00 p.m. (ET/PT time
    delay) and are presented by The Broadway League and the American Theatre
    Wing.

    Hosted by Tony Award winner, Academy Award®-nominated and Golden
    Globe-winning actor Hugh Jackman, Broadway’s biggest night will feature
    appearances by Bradley Cooper, Kevin Bacon, Carole King, Maggie
    Gyllenhaal, Will Ferrell, Liev Schreiber, Emmy Rossum, Kate Mara,
    Zachary Quinto, Zachary Levi, Lucy Liu, Clint Eastwood, Patricia
    Clarkson, Leighton Meester, Ethan Hawke, Zach Braff, Matt Bomer, Anna
    Gunn, Gloria Estefan, Tony nominee Audra McDonald, Fran Drescher, Wayne
    Brady, Emilio Estefan, Kenneth Branagh, Tony Goldwyn, Vera Farmiga and
    Alessandro Nivola.

    The Tony Awards will be broadcast in a live three-hour ceremony from
    Radio City Music Hall, on the CBS television network on Sunday, June 8,
    2014. For more information on the Tony Awards, please visit
    http://www.TonyAwards.com.

    TonyAwards.com, developed, produced, and hosted by IBM, is centerpiece
    of the Tony Awards digital platform that includes an interactive Second
    Screen (TonyAwards.com/secondscreen) to complement the CBS telecast on
    June 8; a Spotlight Series on potential nominees; Google+ hangouts; a
    live webcast of the Nominations Announcement; multimedia coverage
    before, during, and after the Tony ceremony; and much more. Visit
    TonyAward

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    Atypical
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    #433021

    Hugh Jackman might join in on the “After Midnight” opener, as well as perform a duet with Neil Patrick Harris.

    NPH will be performing a number from “Hedwig & the Angry Itch.”

    There’s also supposed to be a “megafinale” performance featuring multiple nominated and nonnominated Broadway productions from this past season.     

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