Many of the celebs lined up to appear at the 64th Tony Awards will be there because they’re on Broadway right now, or were just there — or will be there soon.
Antonio Banderas, for instance, can tubthump his planned 2011 stint in a revival of tuner “Zorba.” Tony winner David Hyde Pierce can talk up incoming comedy “La bete,” and Laura Linney can mention that this fall she’ll reprise her role in “Time Stands Still.”
Of course, this year’s star attendance rate will get an obvious bump from the fact that there are so many recognizable faces among the nominees. Denzel Washington, Scarlett Johansson, Liev Schreiber, Catherine Zeta-Jones, and Kelsey Grammer — not to mention ceremony host Sean Hayes — are all among the thesps to noms for stage perfs this season.
Also appearing at the ceremony are Raquel Welch along with Cate Blanchett, who hasn’t been on Broadway yet but almost got there with her raved-about performance in “A Streetcar Named Desire,” and Lea Michele and Matthew Morrison, who were Rialto regulars before they found TV fame on “Glee.”
Producers naturally hope a high celeb quotient will attract viewers to the Tonys, which is traditionally low-rated but got a bump last year when Neil Patrick Harris hosted the kudocast.
Ceremony, airing live on CBS, is set for June 13.