Thursday, May 30, 2024

Tony Awards Plan Star Studded List of Presenters, Performers: Will Michael Jackson Be the King of Broadway?


Sunday’s Tony Awards (CBS, 8pm) are going to be full of stars. Presenters and performers are all A list. Top of the list are Jennifer Hudson, Jessica Chastain, Andrew Garfield, Bryan Cranston, Lin Manuel Miranda, Bernadette Peters, Chita Rivera, Tony Shalhoub, Judith Light, and Bebe Neuwirth.

And that’s not all! How about Skylar Astin, Zach Braff, Danielle Brooks, Danny Burstein, Len Cariou, RuPaul Charles, Lilli Cooper, Wilson Cruz, Colman Domingo, Anthony Edwards, Cynthia Erivo, Raúl Esparza, Laurence Fishburne, Renée Elise Goldsberry, Tony Goldwyn, David Alan Grier, Marcia Gay Harden, Vanessa Hudgens, Samuel L. Jackson and LaTanya Richardson, Nathan Lane, Telly Leung, Josh Lucas, Gaten Matarazzo, Ruthie Ann Miles, Patina Miller, Kelli O’Hara, Sarah Paulson, Jeremy Pope, Billy Porter, Phillipa Soo, Sarah Silverman, George Takei, Aaron Tveit, Adrienne Warren, Patrick Wilson and Bowen Yang.

Plus there are performances from all the nominated shows like “The Music Man” and “Company.” There will also be a “Spring Awakenings” reunion. Recent Oscar winner Ariana deBose is the host.

The show begins at 7pm on Paramount Plus and then heads to CBS at 8pm.

The big question is about the King of Pop, Michael Jackson. Will he be the King of Broadway? The musical, “MJ,” is up for Best Musical and Best Actor in a Musical, and I wouldn’t mind it if it won everything.

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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