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Newman nixes Tonys

Musical numbers set for kudocast

NEW YORK — First the Oscars, now the Tonys.

Paul Newman has made it clear he will not attend the June 8 Tony Awards telecast, despite his actor nomination for “Our Town.”

Newman was one of the few thesp no-shows at the March 23 Oscars. Nommed for his gangster turn in “Road to Perdition,” Newman lost the supporting actor award to Chris Cooper of “Adaptation.”

Newman notified the Tony producers of his decision by sending a letter to Isabelle Stevenson, chairman of the American Theater Wing, co-presenters of the awards with the League of American Theaters and Producers.

The actor reportedly stated that not only does he eschew award ceremonies these days, but he no longer owns a tuxedo.

A Tonys spokesman confirmed Newman’s decision not to attend.

The show goes on

But there will be plenty of stars on the Tonycast, starting with Hugh Jackman, who hosts the June 8 event.

Billy Joel kicks off the CBS telecast by performing “New York State of Mind” live from Times Square. Tonycast then moves to Radio City Music Hall, where the company of his show “Movin’ Out” will perform “River of Dreams.”

Other musical numbers from nominated shows will be sung by Harvey Fierstein and Marissa Jaret Winokur (“Hairspray”), Antonio Banderas (“Nine”), Brian Stokes Mitchell and Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio (“Man of La Mancha”), Bernadette Peters (“Gypsy”) and Mark Linn-Baker and Jay Goede (“A Year With Frog and Toad”). The casts of “La Boheme,” “Def Poetry Jam” and “The Play What I Wrote” also will perform.

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