Things to watch for on Sunday's Tony Awards telecast:
How many references to “Smash” will there be? Hey, make it a drinking game. (Will the two “Marilyns” make an appearance?)
Will Broadway’s three Jesus Christs have a number together? (“Jesus Christ Superstar,” “Godspell” and “Book of Mormon”)
How many “Book of Mormon”-Mitt Romney jokes will there be?
Will the orphans of the upcoming “Annie” make an appearance? (But watch out for those “Newsies” boys, girls. They’re older than they look. And keep your eyes out for that Brit usurper, Matilda).
Will any of the movie star presenters know who any of the people they are naming?
Will Audra McDonald win her fifth Tony Award (but her first as leading actress in a musical) for “Porgy and Bess?” Or will the captivating Cristin Milioti from “Once” or the talented Kelli O’Hara get the nod?
Will Disney’s family and show-biz friendly “Newsies” or the hip, intimate “Once” take the top prize as best new musical? Those thinking that “Newsies” has a lock lead should remember the year when a little show named “Avenue Q” beat out “Wicked.” Of course, “Avenue Q” launched an aggressive underdog campaign while “Once”’s ads have been tasteful and discreet.
Will the since-closed “Follies” or the still-playing “Porgy & Bess” win the best revival category. Has the Stephen Sondheim-initiated controversy over “Porgy and Bess” been replaced with mainstream recognition of the production’s qualities so it can be considered as a musical and not an opera?
Will musical book writer Joe DiPietro acknowledge the things he learned at the Goodspeed Opera House with “They All Laughed” before he turned it into “Nice Work If You Can Get It?” in developing the revised.
Considering the competition, will they just give Alan Menken and Jack Feldman the Tony Award now for best score of a musical for “Newsies.”
Will “Newsies” make people realize how important newspapers are and will generate increased ads and sales and save American journalism? Nah. That only happens in Broadway musicals.
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