Tony Time: Performers, Presenters and More!
Less than 24 hours and counting! Merry Christmas! It’s the day of The 2014 Tony Awards! As Luner on Theatre counts down to Broadway’s biggest night, we are bringing you nonstop coverage of The 2014 Tony Awards! We have a couple final articles to post before we go LIVE tonight bringing you everything you need to know and more! We will be posting our official Tony Awards predictions later today but first let’s give you an idea of what you can expect tonight! Who will be in attendance, who will be performing and who you just might get some surprises from! Today, Luner on Theatre brings you the full list of the performers, presenters and everything else you need to know for The 2014 Tony Awards!
Broadway’s biggest night is tonight! The 2014 Tony Awards is hands down is the biggest night for American Theatre. The awards ceremony will begin tonight at Radio City Music Hall tonight at 8 PM. The awards ceremony returned to Radio City last year after playing a two-year stint at The Beacon Theatre on New York’s Upper West Side. If you’re watching on television, tune into CBS at 8 PM EST for the ceremony. This year, the ceremony is hosted by Hugh Jackman. The is marks the fourth time that Jackman will host the awards ceremony. Jackman previously hosted the ceremony in 2003, 2004 and 2005.
Each year, The Tony Awards is filled with performances from Broadway’s newest shows this season and returning productions that still grace Broadway. Occasionally, we are also lucky enough to see a preview of an upcoming Broadway show planning a New York bow sometime in its near future. The Broadway shows currently appearing that are planning to perform at this year’s Tony Awards include the casts of Aladdin, Les Misérables, Beautiful: The Carole King Musical, A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder, Bullets Over Broadway, Rocky, Hedwig And The Angry Inch, Violet, Cabaret, If/Then and After Midnight.
Several special performers have already been announced for this year’s ceremony. However, the potential for anyone to show up and burst into song or dance is endless. The cast of Wicked will make an appearance to perform in honor of the show’s 10th anniversary on Broadway which was just celebrated this past fall. Sting (Pictured Right) will be making an appearance to preview a song from his new show The Last Ship which is set to dock in Chicago this summer before sailing into Broadway next fall. Broadway will get another look at a New York aimed show, Finding Neverland, with a performance of one of the show’s songs by Jennifer Hudson. The Tony Awards has also announced several big names who will be appearing their casts in other performances for the evening including Neil Patrick Harris, Sutton Foster, Alan Cumming, Idina Menzel, Patti LaBelle, Gladys Knight and Fantasia.
Not counting anyone mentioned above, The Tony Awards brings together stars from Broadway, Hollywood and beyond to attend the awards ceremony. Well known names from television, sports teams, the fashion world and comedians will all grace the Radio City stage tonight making an appearance or to present an award. Names The Tony Awards have announced for this year include Orlando Bloom, Barrett Foa, Tina Fey (Pictured Left), Jonathan Groff, T.I., LL Cool J, Samuel L. Jackson, Judith Light, Rosie O’Donnell, Patrick Wilson, Kevin Bacon, Matt Bomer,Wayne Brady, Zach Braff, Kenneth Branagh, Patricia Clarkson, Bradley Cooper, Fran Drescher, Clint Eastwood, Emilio Estefan, Gloria Estefan, Vera Farmiga, Will Ferrell, Tony Goldwyn, Anna Gunn, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Ethan Hawke, Carole King, Zachary Levi, Lucy Liu, Kate Mara, 2014 Tony nominee Audra McDonald, Leighton Meester, Alessandro Nivola, Zachary Quinto, Emmy Rossum and Liev Schreiber.
As for the shenanigans, just about anything is possible! It’s really hard to think that this year’s Tony Awards could beat last years. However, I have a feeling it will be just as epic. Hugh Jackman already has his head on straight and is headed in the right direction. With no way to top last year’s opening number, he has asked all of the performing casts to remain at Radio City Music Hall for what they are calling a “Mega-Finale”. Also, with so many guests and previous hosts, such as NPH, anything is possible. Here’s Jackman joining Harris in a duet at The 2011 Tony Awards. We are so looking forward to what Hugh brings to the table almost a decade since he last hosted the ceremony! And in case you wanted to relive last year’s epic opening…
Stick with Luner on Theatre as we count down to Broadway’s Biggest and Most Celebrated Evening; The 2014 Tony Awards! We will be LIVE all day bringing you updates on our blog, Facebook, Twitter and more! Follow us everywhere for some creative coverage of the best night for Broadway! Don’t forget to tune in tonight – 8 PM Eastern Standard Time on CBS! Click here for our 2014 Tony Awards Coverage! For more information, visit The Tony Awards Official Website! And of course, check out the rest of Luner on Theatre for all your theatre news you don’t only need but want to know and so much more!