Photo from Tony AwardsThere are times when my move from New York to San Francisco makes me pout. The runup to this Sunday's 64th Annual Tony Awards (8 p.m. on CBS) -- the Oscars of Broadway, if you're not familiar, and hosted by Sean Hayes -- is one of those times; I miss being so close to all the hot theater action. Still, being able to watch the awards from the comfort of my living room (right, like I would really be in the theater if I were back East) takes the sting out of my homesickness.
The Tonys are a great way to see highlights and snippets of the best shows on the Great White Way -- and a super celeb-spotting party. Less formal than the Oscars, and more dramatic (but of course!), it's an awards show with a very different flavor.
Here are some of the famous faces you can expect tonight ...
Before we get to the list of celebrities attending, here are some fun facts about some of the nominees:
In the Next Room, or the vibrator play, is nominated -- of course you read my post about this, right?
Punk band Green Day made their Broadway debut with American Idiot, which is up for Best Musical. They're due to perform live, of course.
Another nominated Best Musical, Fela!, has been getting tons of press and thumbs-up reviews from celebs and critics alike for its amazing Afro-Beat bio of the Nigerian musician and activist.
Linda Lavin (Rhoda) and Valerie Harper (Alice) are both nominated for Leading Actress, which is crazy because up until this moment I thought they were the same person.
Broadway stars were heartily peeved by a Newsweek article mocking gay actors (specifically Sean Hayes) for playing straight, and onstage co-star Kristin Chenoweth came to his rescue -- so expect some references to that controversy!
And now, on to the list of celebrities you can expect to see tonight:
Scarlett Johansson and Liev Screiber for A View from the Bridge
Jude Law for Hamlet
Denzel Washington for Fences
Kelsey Grammer for La Cage aux Folles (his Frazier brother, David Hyde-Pierce, will be on hand to accept a special award, too!)
Catherine Zeta-Jones for A Little Night Music
Alfred Molina (that's Doc Oc from Spider-Man 2 to you), sporting a smooth head as he plays artist Mark Rothko in Red
Christopher Walken for A Behanding in Spokane
Familiar Faces You'll See as Presenters:
Katie Holmes, who made her Broadway debut this year
Will and Jada Pinkett Smith
A gaggle of Glee stars, including Matthew Morrison, Lea Michele, Idina Menzel, and Kristin Chenoweth
Bonus audience participation: CBS is hosting a contest for best uploaded show tune! You can view them and vote at CBS.com.
Will you be watching on Sunday night? Are you rooting for anyone, or just enjoying the spectacle?