Are you going to watch the Tony Awards this year? Who’s in the Tony Awards show? The better question this year is who isn’t in the show?
NEW YORK — It’s time for the Tony Awards, and this year the producers apparently don’t want to let you breathe.
Sunday’s three-hour telecast from the Beacon Theater will be packed with so many stars and performances — a record 16 numbers will feature moments from musicals, plays and revivals — that cynics might call it kitchen sink programming.
“Every year we’ve added more and more entertainment,” said Charlotte St. Martin, the executive director of The Broadway League, which jointly presents the Tonys with the American Theatre Wing. “You can feel the energy in the room when they’re rehearsing.”
The explosion of performances is an attempt to showcase as much on Broadway as possible and also an implicit admission that there’s no clear, dying-to-see-it front-runner like last year’s juggernaut, “The Book of Mormon.”
In fact, the producers have even invited the cast of “The Book of Mormon” to perform again this year. And, to top it all off, one performance won’t even be nearby — the song from “Hairspray” will be performed from a cruise ship in the Caribbean Sea. It promises to be a hectic night.
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