Tony Time: Performances Please!

What’s an awards ceremony without some live performances!? And what better awards ceremony where you have some of the greatest live performers in the world to do so! And what do I mean by “greatest performers in the world’? Broadway actors and actresses perform their shows 8 times a week not to mention anything else they do on the side such as cabarets, vocal lessons or extra rehearsals. So it is only right that The Tony Awards feature performances by casts! So what is this gearing up to look like?

The 2011 Tony Awards is one that will only be filled with performances soaked with talent. In a Broadway season like no other, this year’s numbers whether its one person or an ensemble, you will be wowed! I promise you that! We’d like to apologize for not knowing all of the songs that will performed by each individual cast. The Tony Committee is trying to keep some things secretive about this year’s awards. So this year’s line up is looking like this:

Anything Goes! The Tony nominated musical for Best Revival of a Musical will put forth their best performer and Tony nominee, Sutton Foster to perform a number that will surely be unforgettable. Between Roundabout’s tapping trophy piece of a show and Foster fantastic voice, Anything Goes will surely wow audiences! For more information on this musical that scored 9 Tony Nominations, check out Anything Goes Official Website.

Catch Me If You Can! The Tony nominated musical brought to you by the team that brought you Hairspray will have their two leading men Aaron Tveit and Norbert Leo Butz perform in a number that is sure to bring down the house with this dynamic duo! For more information on this musical nominated for 4 Tony Awards, check out Catch Me If You Can’s Official Website.

How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying! Daniel Radcliffe and John Laroquette will show off with the cast performing “Brotherhood of Man” from the Tony nominated show for Best Revival of a Musical. Rob Ashford will “WOW” you with his interpretation of this classic Broadway musical! For more information on this hit musical which received 8 Tony Nominations, check out How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying’s Official Website.

Sister Act! Get faithful as the Tony nominated show puts front leading actress Patina Miller to bring down the house in an unforgettable performance for Broadway’s newest disco musical! This show will have you on your feet clapping! For more information on this show which scored 5 Tony Nominations, check out the Official Website for Sister Act on Broadway.

The Book of Mormon! Prepare to pee yourself as frontman Andrew Rannells will lead the cast of The Book of Mormon performing “I Believe” from Broadway’s biggest blockbuster this year! This performance was decided upon after the show asked to open the awards ceremony with the hit opening number from their show “Hello!” but the idea was canned by the Tony’s. For more information on the show that scored 14 Tony Nominations, check out The Book of Mormon’s Official Website.

The Scottsboro Boys! Justice at last for Joshua Henry and the rest of the Scottsboro boys as they will perform a medley of songs from their show which not enough people were able to experience! Their story will finally be heard as they perform for the Broadway community which should hear their story! For more information on this incredible piece of theatre that scored 12 Tony Nominations, check out The Official Website for The Scottsboro Boys.

Besides the shows listed above nominated for either Best Musical or Best Revival of a Musical, The Tony Awards has planned several other performances by current Broadway shows for an evening honoring theatre! But what are they?

Memphis! The 2010 Tony Award winning Best Musical will perform a number just one year after they debuted on Broadway! Featuring Chad Kimball and Montego Glover, the show is sure to perform a number that will bring down the house in another one of Broadway’s rock n’ roll musicals! I’m sure this second performance will help more people understand what Memphis is about if they don’t know. For more information, check out The Official Website for Memphis on Broadway.

Spiderman: Turn Off the Dark! In what may be one of the most anticipated performances of the evening, Reeve Carney and Jennifer Damiano will perform a number from Broadway’s biggest disaster and most anticipated show of all time! Their performances of their new material, after a three week overhaul, will hopefully get the image out of this made over Spiderman musical! Let’s just hope they don’t try to fly in or anything! But what if they did!? We’ll have to see! For more information on how to Turn Off the Dark on Broadway, check out Spiderman’s Official Broadway Website.

John Leguizamo’s Ghetto Klown! John Leguizamo in his one man showed that has left audiences stunned all year in New York City will perform a piece from his show about his life! This performance, which is considered a special theatrical event, could not be nominated for any Tony Awards so the producers of this show have brought him to you! Prepare for a performance to remember! For more information on this amazing event, check out the official website here.

Priscilla Queen of the Desert! Featuring Nick Adams, Tony Sheldon, Will Swenson will jazz up the Tony’s bringing life to a well known song from their hit show and adding a little glitter to it all as well! Priscilla is sure to be a fun performance that will have audience members singing along! For more information on this production which received 2 Tony Award Nominations, check out The Official Website for Priscilla Queen of the Desert on Broadway.

New York Philharmonic’s Company! The cast of the limited run of the New York Philharmonic production of Company will reunite at the Tony’s to perform which includes such performers like Katie Finneran, Patti LuPone and the host of it all himself, Neil Patrick Harris! A even larger star studded cast will fill the stage for a performance you will surely remember!

And there are your performances for the 2011 Tony Awards! However, I am going to say with Neil Patrick Harris as host and Broadway at its best in recent years, who knows what is really planned! A musical number could really break out at any point! But I mean after all, it is Broadway. And I have to admit if a musical number randomly broke out, I wouldn’t hate it.

Neil Patrick Harris though I’m sure does have some magic up his sleeve for this years Tony Awards! He has said the following when asked about hosting the awards and any special surprise performances he may have in mind:

“Since they’re closed for retooling, we’re using all the rigging equipment from ‘Spider-Man.’ What could possibly go wrong,” 

What a joke! Except, the producers of the Tony Awards then said the following:

We’re thrilled to have Neil back as our host,” And we’re even happier he fits in the ‘Spider-Man’ rigging.”

UT OH! I’m getting the feeling that all these Spiderman jokes are not just for the heck of it! Will Neil Patrick Harris attempt to Turn Off the Dark at this year’s Tony Awards?

So what exactly should you expect on Sunday night? A night of fantastic performances as each Broadway cast performs in a number from their show and a lot of fun and jokes as Neil Patrick Harris hosts and jokes about it all! A crazy night is most definitely in store! Luner on Theatre will continue our series Tony Time as the big day for Broadway approaches this Sunday June 12th, 2011! For more official information, check out The Tony Awards Official Website. And stayed tuned to Luner on Theatre for all the latest Tony updates and news!

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