CBS is gambling on the popularity of Broadway’s 2014-2015 slate of Tony-nominated musicals to draw TV viewers to the Sunday 8-11 P.M. broadcast from Radio City Music Hall, along with hosts Kristin Chenoweth, a nominee for her performance in the nominated revival of On The Twentieth Century, and Alan Cumming, a past winner for Cabaret and co-star of the Tiffany network’s The Good Wife.
The producers of the ceremony, co-presented by the American Theatre Wing and the Broadway League, said the show will include the following numbers from the 2015 Tony nominees for Best Musical and Best Revival of a Musical:
A medley of “Life Is Like A Train,” “On the 20th Century,” “I’ve Got It All” and “Babette” from On The Twentieth Century;
“Getting to Know You” and “Shall We Dance?” from The King and I;
“Ring of Keys” from Fun Home;
“A Musical” from Something Rotten!
A medley of “An American in Paris (pas de deux),” “’S Wonderful” and “I Got Rhythm” from An American in Paris;
“Love and Love Alone” and “I Would Never Leave You” from The Visit and
A medley of “Lonely Town,” “New York, New York,” and “Times Square Ballet” from On the Town.
Non-nominated, still running musicals that will also get air time include Gigi (“The Night They Invented Champagne”), Finding Neverland (“Stronger”) and It Shoulda Been You (“Jenny’s Blues”). Noting its 10th anniversary, Jersey Boys will also get a plug, with a performance of “Oh What A Night.”
The producers also announced that more than 175 performers will join Josh Groban on-stage for a special performance of something-or-other, the most performers in a single number in Tony Awards history. There was no mention in the announcement of whether or not the show will include a tribute to Lifetime Achievement winner Tommy Tune, who is, nevertheless, slated to be a presenter. Also no mention of a tribute to the songwriting team of Betty Comden and Adolph Green, who were triple-threats this season as the lyricists of On The Town, On The Twentieth Century and NBC’s live telecast of Peter Pan.