Saturday, April 20, 2024

Tom Hanks Will Goose Tony Awards Ratings– Will They Give Him One?


Tom Hanks has been announced as a presenter on Sunday night’s Tony Awards? But will they give him one for his excellent performance as late reporter Mike McAlary in “Lucky Guy”? I sure hope so. The Tony voters this year have been very anti-Hollywood, snubbing Bette Midler, Sigourney Weaver and a raft of movie stars who boosted Broadway’s bottom line this year.

Hanks was the exception. He made what had to be the easiest transition ever from Hollywood to the stage in Nora Ephron’s play. And while it does seem like Christopher Durang’s “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike” will win Best Play, Hanks should be shoo in for Best Actor.  Either way, he’ll be on the Tony show, hosted again by Neil Patrick Harris.

Hanks joins a lot of stars on this year’s Tonys including Cyndi Lauper, whose “Kinky Boots” we’re betting on for Best Musical, plus Weaver, Jake Gyllenhaal, Anna Kendrick, Zachary Quinto,  Sally Field, Audra McDonald, Alan Cumming, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Megan Hilty, Andrew Rannells, Jane Krakowski, Matthew Morrison, Laura Benanti, Steven Van Zandt, Hal Prince, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Barrett Foa as well as Scarlett Johansson, Cuba Gooding Jr., Jesse Eisenberg, Jon Cryer and Martha Plimpton.

Did I mention Mike Tyson? Yes, indeed. Mike Tyson, for some reason, is going to be on the Tony Awards. The show begins at 8pm Sunday on CBS.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
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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