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Green Day, Cate Blanchett, Denzel Among Tony Awards Stars

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The Tony Awards won’t be boring this year, that’s for sure.

The June 13th telecast on CBS will feature Green Day, the punk group that inspired Best Musical nominee, “American Idiot.”

Plus, the Tonys just announced they’re bringing back performances from the Best Plays — new and revived. This will include Denzel Washington and Viola Davis from Fences; Justin Bartha, Anthony LaPaglia and Tony Shalhoub from Lend Me a Tenor; Jan Maxwell and Rosemary Harris of The Royal Family; Liev Schreiber and Scarlett Johansson from A View from the Bridge; Laura Benanti and Michael Cerveris from In the Next Room or the vibrator play; Patrick Breen and Patrick Heusinger of Next Fall; Laura Linney and Brian d’Arcy James from Time Stands Still; and Alfred Molina and Eddie Redmayne from Red.

The show will also include Antonio Banderas, Cate Blanchett, Michael Douglas, Scarlett Johansson, Lucy Liu, Helen Mirren, Chris Noth, Bernadette Peters, David Hyde Pierce and Raquel Welch. Plus Catherine Zeta Jones and Kelsey Grammer will perform, respectively, from A Little Night Music and La Cage Aux Folles.

Viola Davis is going to win Best Actress in A Play, but if Cate Blanchett’s “Streetcar Named Desire” had been on Broadway– and not at BAM in Brooklyn–things might have been different. That would have been some campaign!

One name I don’t see yet: Valerie Harper, nominated for “Looped” as Best Actress, playing Tallulah Bankhead. Harper, a four time Emmy Award winner as Rhoda Morgenstern, should be a presenter.

But don’t expect to see Nathan Lane and Bebe Neuwirth from The Addams Family. They weren’t nominated and neither was the show. There will be no snapping at this year’s Tonys. And yet: the terrible musical continues to gross an average of $1,2 million a week. It gets the Tony for Most Critic Proof Show in Broadway History!

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedmanhttps://www.showbiz411.com
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.
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