Matching the increasingly international reach of Broadway fare, the 2014 Tony Awards ceremony will be broadcast live in more than 30 countries around the world.
With a starry cast of presenters and performers led by Hugh Jackman, this year’s kudofest will encompass a broad swath of talent with a global profile. Besides, Broadway, a growing magnet for international tourists visiting New York, has in recent years established worldwide recognition with the ongoing international success of titles including “The Phantom of the Opera,” “‘The Lion King” and “Wicked.”
A musical segment from the latter will be showcased during the 2014 Tony ceremony, celebrating the tuner’s tenth anniversary. Sting is on board to perform a seg from his upcoming musical “The Last Ship,” while fellow music names Patti LaBelle, Gladys Knight and Fantasia will do a number from nominated tuner “After Midnight.” Idina Menzel, Neil Patrick Harris, Bradley Cooper, Clint Eastwood and Will Ferrell also are among the performers or presenters set to appear during the telecast.
Although the Tony Awards have struggled over the last several years to attract U.S. eyeballs, last year’s 7.3 million viewers marked a notable uptick from the 6 million logged in 2012.
Seen every year in the U.S. on CBS and now distributed internationally by Fremantle Corp., the 2014 telecast will be seen abroad on networks included Japan’s WOWOW, Australia’s Foxtel, New Zealand’s Sky and Canada’s CHCH, as well as in South and Central America and the Caribbean, among other territories.