Jennifer Hudson will perform a song from Harvey Weinstein’s Broadway-targeted musical version of “Finding Neverland” during the Tony Awards as part of a telecast that will showcase a bit of Broadway’s past and future as well as its present kudo contenders.
Word had already begun to leak out that Weinstein’s “Finding Neverland,” which bows later this year at the American Repertory Theater in Cambridge, Mass., would get a performance spot during the ceremony, but early reports that the show’s star, Jeremy Jordan, would sing a song from the tuner turned out to be incorrect. Tony organizers confirmed Hudson would be doing a number from the show after the Oscar winner tweeted about it earlier today.
For years, it had been a longstanding tradition that only those shows nominated for Tony Awards would been seen in the telecast’s performance segments — a nationally televised showcase that is widely believed to be a valuable promotional opportunity for Broadway shows. That protocol has been shaken up in recent years, as Tony organizers made an effort to incorporate the longer-running fare with which national audiences are more likely to be familiar than the newer titles that are up for nominations.
A glimpse of the Main Stem’s future will also be seen this year in the Tony seg that will feature Sting performing a song from his musical “The Last Ship,” opening on Broadway later this year. Tony host Hugh Jackman, meanwhile, will no doubt tubthump for his own upcoming Broadway appearance in Jez Butterworth’s play “The River.”
Drawing from the shows that have opened on the Rialto in prior seasons, the ceremony will also include a performance from “Wicked,” which recently celebrated its tenth anniversary on Broadway.
CBS will broadcast the Tony Awards live from Radio City Music Hall June 8.