The Tony Awards have announced an incredible line up of performances for Broadway’s biggest night!
The show-stopping performances include the casts of “Bandstand,” “Come From Away,” “Dear Evan Hansen,” “Falsettos,” “Groundhog Day The Musical,” “Hello, Dolly!,” “Miss Saigon,” “Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812,” and “War Paint,” along with additional performances by The Radio City Rockettes and Tony Award winners Cynthia Erivo and Leslie Odom Jr.
Hosted by Kevin Spacey, the American Theatre Wing’s 2017 Tony Awards will be broadcast live from Radio City Music Hall in New York City, on CBS, on Sunday, June 11th 8:00 – 11:00 p.m. (ET/PT time delay) and are presented by The Broadway League and the American Theatre Wing.
You can also watch the Tony Awards online with CBS All Access. More info at cbs.com/all-access.
The star-studded evening will include appearances by Scott Bakula, Sara Bareilles, Orlando Bloom, Rachel Bloom, Glenn Close, Brian d’Arcy James, Cynthia Erivo, Tina Fey, Sutton Foster, Josh Gad, Whoopi Goldberg, Jonathan Groff, Mark Hamill, Taraji P. Henson, Christopher Jackson, Allison Janney, Scarlett Johansson, Anna Kendrick, Keegan-Michael Key, Nick Kroll, John Legend, John Lithgow, Patina Miller, Lin-Manuel Miranda, John Mulaney, David Oyelowo, Chazz Palminteri, Sarah Paulson, Lea Salonga, Tom Sturridge, Tommy Tune, Olivia Wilde, and 2017 Tony Nominees Sally Field, Josh Groban, Bette Midler and Ben Platt.
I got to speak to Brad Sherwood and Colin Mochrie of “Whose Line Is It Anyway?” in anticipation of their two-man show at Merrill Auditorium in Portland on Thursday, Sept. 17. I spoke with them separately via phone and asked them the same questions. An abridged version of this is appearing in the Portland Phoenix, but here’s the complete transcript.
How is that out of all of the “Whose Line” guys that it is you and Colin that have a two man show?
BS: All the “Whose Line” guys have some sort of incarnation of touring. Ryan (Stiles) goes out with a couple of the guys. Colin and I have probably been touring the longest. We’ve been doing it about 13 years now. Wayne (Brady) goes out with Jonathan (Mangum) who is on “Let’s Make a Deal” with him. So, we all sort of split off into little subgroups so we can get on the road and make some money.
Obviously all you guys have been working together for more than 20 years. How has your relationship and dynamic shifted over the years?
BS: It hasn’t changed much. It is kind of like we all went to college together way back when and now when we see each other to tape these shows on the CW, it is just like “Hey, what’s up?” We do a bunch of shows in a couple of weeks and then we leave and we don’t see each other for a year.
CM: No. It still sort of has a sibling sort of thing to it. I keep hoping that one of will mature a little more, but it doesn’t seem to happen. It is a nice playful sort of relationship that carries on off stage and on stage.
But many of us feel the need to make, cumulatively, stubbornly, a counterclaim against that obsolescence: a claim that something about queer is inextinguishable. Queer is a continuing moment, movement, motive—recurrent, eddying, troublant. The word ‘queer’ itself means across—it comes from the Indo-European root -twerkw, which also yields the German quer (transverse), Latin torquere (to twist), and English athwart. A lot of queer writing tends toward 'across’ formulations: across genders, across sexualities, across genres, across 'perversions.’ The concept of queer in this sense is transitive—multiply transitive. The immemorial current that 'queer’ represents is antiseparatist as it is anti-assimilationist. Keenly, it is relational, and it is strange.
Sedgwick, Eve Kosofsky. “Making Gay Meanings.” The Weather in Proust. Ed. Jonathan Goldberg. Durham: Duke University Press, 2011. 183-189. Print. 188-189.