Metal band, Dolly Parton set for telecast
The 1980s hair-metal band Poison will perform during the Tony telecast — as will more usual legit suspects Liza Minnelli, Elton John and Stockard Channing.As expected, Dolly Parton, the nominated composer-lyricist of “9 to 5,” will appear, alongside the cast of the tuner. Poison will be joined by the thesps of “Rock of Ages,” the ’80s jukebox musical that features Poison songs “Nothing but a Good Time” and “Every Rose Has Its Thorn.” Minnelli appeared on the Rialto earlier this season in the nominated special event “Liza’s at the Palace.” John is nommed as composer of “Billy Elliot,” while Channing is up for lead actress in a tuner for her perf in “Pal Joey.” Ceremony, considered the highest-profile opportunity for Broadway to market itself on a national basis, will include segs from every nominated tuner production as well as snippets from three touring shows. List of presenters includes Will Ferrell, James Gandolfini, Edie Falco, Nicole Kidman and Anne Hathaway. Hosted by Neil Patrick Harris, kudocast is set for Sunday on CBS.