Tony co-host Kristin Chenoweth, along with fellow Broadway.com Audience Choice Award winners Vanessa Hudgens and Matthew Morrison, are just some of the first performers announced for the 69th Annual Tony Awards. The Great White Way’s biggest night will broadcast live on CBS from Radio City Music Hall on June 7.
The lineup will feature performances from the 2015 Tony-nominated shows in the Best Musical and Best Revival of a Musical categories, including 2015 Tony nominee Chenoweth and the cast of On the Twentieth Century, 2015 Tony nominee Chita Rivera and the cast of The Visit, 2015 Tony nominees Brian D’Arcy James, Christian Borle, Brad Oscar and the cast of Something Rotten!, 2015 Tony nominees Kelli O’Hara and Ken Watanabe and the cast of The King and I, as well as the casts of On the Town, Fun Home and An American in Paris.
Although with the exception of Gigi’s Victoria Clark they missed out on nominations for the Tonys, this year’s telecast will also include numbers by Hudgens and the cast of Gigi, Morrison, Kelsey Grammer and the cast of the multi Broadway.com Audience Choice Award-winning Finding Neverland, as well as Tyne Daly along with the cast of It Shoulda Been You.
The stars aligned Tuesday night in New York City when Broadway’s best claimed their Broadway.com Audience Awards at a reception held for the winners.
The website’s annual awards allow the fans to pick their favorite performances, and this year’s winners included plenty of film and TV actors, including Bradley Cooper, Emma Stone, Matthew Morrison, Vanessa Hudgens, Helen Mirren, Kristin Chenoweth and Darren Criss.
Hudgens, who is making her Broadway debut in Gigi, won for favorite breakthrough performance (female). “I’ve never worked this hard before in my life,” the former High School Musical star told PEOPLE at the awards reception. She added that Broadway is not for the faint of heart, “But it’s so much fun. Whenever I have my day off, I look forward to coming back to the stage and doing it again.”
“Everyone has been so warm, so welcoming. My cast is like my family. I lean on them, I love them,” she told PEOPLE. On what has surprised her most about Broadway, the 26-year-old says, “it’s a lot of work, doing the same thing over and again, it makes you feel a little crazy at times.”
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DMI Soundtracks has announced the immediate availability on iTunes of the New Broadway Cast Recording for Gigi, Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe’s beloved Oscar and Tony Award-winning musical comedy. The recording was produced and engineered by six-time Grammy Award winner Frank Filipetti. The CD is slated for release in June.
Gigi stars Vanessa Hudgens, who makes her Broadway debut in the title role, Tony Award-winner Victoria Clark (The Light in the Piazza, Sister Act, Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella) as Mamita, Corey Cott (Newsies) as Gaston Lachaille, three-time Tony Award-nominee Dee Hoty (The Will Rogers Follies, The Best Little Whorehouse Goes Public, Footloose) as Aunt Alicia, two-time Tony Award-nominee Howard McGillin (The Mystery of Edwin Drood, Anything Goes) as Honoré Lachaille and Steffanie Leigh (Mary Poppins) as Liane d’Exelmans.
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