Thursday, May 24, 2012

Tony Performances Announced

The performances that will appear on this year's Tony telecast have officially been announced by  Notable among these performances is the appearance of Godspell on the list. Traditionally, only the shows nominated for best musical and best revival of a musical are permitted performances on the telecast. Since Godspell did not make the cut, having been entirely shut out (receiving zero nominations), it is quite unusual for it to have been granted a spot on the show.

In addition to selections from the Tony-nominated new musicals, including the uplifting Disney musical Newsies, the critically hailed screen-to-stage adaptation of Once and the new Gershwin musical comedy Nice Work If You Can Get It, the 66th Annual Tony Awards will feature performances from a host of this season's musical revivals. has learned that two-time Tony winner Bernadette Peters, the recipient of the 2012 Isabelle Stevenson Award who created the role of Sally in the Kennedy Center and subsequent Broadway production of Follies, will introduce the segment spotlighting that Tony-nominated Stephen Sondheim-James Goldman musical.Danny Burstein, a Tony nominee for his performance as Buddy Plummer, will perform Sondheim's "The God-Why-Don't-You-Love-Me Blues."

A medley of songs from the Tony-nominated revival of The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess, featuring 2012 Tony nominees Audra McDonald andNorm Lewis, will be performed. Four-time Tony winner McDonald will kick off the sequence with the classic Gershwin ballad "Summertime," followed by Lewis' rendition of "I Got Plenty of Nothing," the Kittiwah dance sequence, Tony nominee David Alan Grier's "It Ain't Necessarily So" and the McDonald-Lewis duet "I Loves You Porgy."

The Tony-nominated revival of Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice's Evitawill offer the rousing Act Two number "And The Money Kept Rolling In," which features Grammy winner Ricky Martin and the musical's ensemble as well as leading lady Elena Roger.
Audiences can also expect performances from Tony nominee Josh Young and the cast of the Tony-nominated revival of Jesus Christ Superstar as well as the acclaimed revival of the Stephen Schwartz musical Godspell.
The Tony Awards, celebrating excellence in Broadway theatre in the 2011-12 season, will be broadcast in a live three-hour ceremony from the Beacon Theatre on the CBS television network June 10.

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