Multiple Oscar winner Clint Eastwood is about to ‘make our day’ with his first ever appearance on the Tony Awards. That’s right, Dirty Harry himself will be a presenter on the Tonys June 8th on CBS. He’ll be there to promote his movie of “Jersey Boys” which opens two weeks later and is said to be terrific.
Clint’s just one of dozens of stars who will appear on the show including Bradley Cooper, Kevin Bacon, Carole King, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Will Ferrell, Liev Schreiber, Emmy Rossum, Kate Mara, Zachary Quinto, Zachary Levi, Lucy Liu, 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 Tonys will feature musical numbers from all the current shows nominated plus “Bullets Over Broadway” (which has several noms just not Best Musical) and some other surprises. Sting is performing songs from his upcoming musical “The Last Ship” which begins previews in Chicago on June 10th and opens in New York on October 26th. “The Last Ship” will be the first hit of the fall season!
Meantime, on Friday the Outer Critics Circle gave out its prizes at its annual dinner at Sardi’s. “Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder” won Best Musical, “All the Way” won Best New Play, Best Revival of a Play went to “The Glass Menagerie” and “Hedwig” won Best Revival, Musical. Tony winners Billy Porter, Andrea Martin, plus Terrence Mann, Victoria Clark and Shuler Hensley presented the major awards. My own mom, Rosalind Friedman, presented the John Gassner Playwriting Award.
2014 OUTER CRITICS AWARDS
Outstanding Solo Performance – John Douglas Thompson
Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical – Nick Cordero (Bullets)
Outstanding New Score – Jason Robert Brown (Bridges)
Outstanding Book of a Musical – Robert L. Freedman (Gentleman’s)
Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical – Marin Mazzie (Bullets)
Outstanding Actor in a Play – Bryan Cranston (All The Way
Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play – Brian J. Smith (Menagerie)
Outstanding Actress in a Musical – Audra McDonald (Lady Day)
Outstanding Actor in a Musical – Jefferson Mays (Gentleman;s
Outstanding Actress in a Play – Cherry Jones (Menagerie)
Outstanding Lighting Design – Kevin Adams (Hedwig)
Outstanding Costume Design – William Ivey Long (Bullets)
Outstanding Set Design – Christopher Barreca (Rocky)
Outstanding Choreographer – Warren Carlyle (After Midnight)
Outstanding Director of a Musical -Darko Tresnjak (Gentleman’s)
Outstanding Featured Actress in a Play – Andrea Martin (Act One)
Outstanding Featured Actress in a Play – Mare Winningham (Casa)
Outstanding Director of a Play- Tim Carroll (Twelfth Night)
Outstanding Revival of a Musical – Hedwig
Outstanding Revival of a Play – The Glass Menagerie
Outstanding New Off Broadway Musical – Fun Home
Outstanding New Off Broadway Play – The Explorer’s Club
Outstanding New Broadway Musical – A Gentleman’s Guide…
Outstanding New Broadway Play – All The Way