AFTER MIDNIGHT to Open TONYS, Sting, Carole King to Perform? More Tony Details!
The New York Post's Michael Riedel has revealed details into what's ahead for Broadway's biggest night - the 68th ANNUAL TONY AWARDS, which will be broadcast live from New York's Radio City Music Hall on June 8th on CBS.
According to Riedel, the musical "After Midnight" has landed the opening performance slot, a feat highly coveted by producers because that is when the most viewers are tuned in and ratings are highest. The segment will feature the show's current star, American Idol champ Fantasia, as well as returning star k.d. lang and Patti LaBelle and Gladys Knight, who will join the show this summer. To add to the excitement, Riedel predicts that Tony host Hugh Jackman may join the company in their performance of "On the Sunny Side of the Street."
Also on tap, Sting will perform one or two songs from his highly anticipated upcoming musical 'The Last Ship' set to open this fall. Best Actress in a musical nominee Jessie Mueller will treat audiences to a number from the Carole King musical, "Beautiful," and possibly duet with King herself.
And with Hedwig's Neil Patrick Harris in the house, there's no telling what the former Tony host may have cooked up with Jackman. One thing Riedel says for sure however is that Harris will perform a number from "Hedwig and the Angry Inch," nominated for Best Musical Revival.
With Disney's Aladdin as part of the esteemed list of nominees for Best Musical, you can be sure a mega stage production, possibly 'A Friend Like Me' featuring Tony nominee James Iglehart, is in the works. Unfortunately, the number may just be too elaborate to squeeze into the middle of the live broadcast.
As far as the finale, Riedel shares that the casts of all the shows will remain at Radio City Musical Hall following their respective performances, reportedly to take part in what a source is calling a "megafinale," led by Jackman himself.