Wednesday, July 17, 2024

Broadway: Tony Awards Invite “Stereophonic” to Perform on Show After Online Complaints


The Tony Awards — coming this Sunday — are acquiescing to a big public complaint. At first it seemed like they were not going to allow the play with music, “Stereophonic,” to perform on the show.

But after a lot of negative press — including this column — “Stereophonic” will get to play one of their Fleetwood Mac like songs on the Tonys. The Tonys say this was after all the complaints. But a TV insider says this may have all been planned PR to get people’s attention for the Sunday show.

One irony of this year’s Tony awards is that “Stereophonic” is entered as a play, not a musical. So it’s up against “Appropriate,” a hit play with no music. But “Stereophonic” is also up for Best Score nonetheless. The most nominated musical, Alicia Keys’s “Hell’s Kitchen,” is not.

Confused? How can “Hell’s Kitchen” be best musical without the best score? Good question. How can the best score go to a play? And should a play with music be competing with a regular play?

I guess we’ll find out out all these answers on Sunday. I would give best musical to “Suffs,” because it has the best score of all original songs by one composer. But that may be an old fashioned idea!

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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