"We would be remiss if we didn't recognize the longtime contribution to television by one of our medium's most creative and durable drama series, 'The Sopranos'," stated Emmy executive producer Ken Ehrlich in a release. "In a keystone segment of this year's telecast, the cast of Broadway's hottest show will honor the other Jersey boys with a musical send-off featuring songs from the Jersey Boys score."
Hosted by Ryan Seacrest, the Emmy Awards will be broadcast live from Los Angeles' Shrine Auditorium Sept. 16 at 8 PM (ET) on FOX; check local listings.
Drew Gehling (as Bob Gaudio), Michael Ingersoll (Nick Massi), Jeremy Kushnier (Tommy DeVito) and Jarrod Spector (Frankie Valli) lead the Jersey Boys company, which also features Dominic Bogart, Lyndsey Cole, John Michael Coppola, John Michael Dias, Mike Erickson, Steven M. Goldsmith, John Hickman, Lauren Marshall, Rashad Naylor, Jenny Lee Ramos, Brad Russell, Kevin Russell, Jake Speck, Kara Tremel, Ryan Quinn West with Craig Laurie and Jonathan Weir.
The company currently performs in San Francisco at the Curran Theatre. The 2006 Tony Award-winning musical still plays on Broadway at the August Wilson Theatre and will play in Chicago at the LaSalle Bank Theatre (starting Oct. 5). Productions are also slated for Las Vegas and London in addition to the national tour. For more information visit JerseyBoysInfo.com. "The Sopranos" concluded its six-season run on HBO this year and leads the race with 15 nominations, including Outstanding Drama Series. The David Chase-created series starred stage vets James Gandolfini, Edie Falco, Michael Imperioli, Lorraine Bracco, Aida Turturro and Tim Daly (all current Emmy nominees), among others. Shot locally in New Jersey and surrounding areas, the series provided a wealth of TV gigs for New York actors.
Among other Emmy nomineess of note to theatre folk are Scott Ellis, Rob Marshall, Sir Ian McKellen, Stanley Tucci, Eli Wallach, John Goodman, Tim Daly, Elaine Stritch, Dixie Carter, Laurie Metcalf, Judith Light, Kate Burton, Jean Smart, Alec Baldwin, Tony Shalhoub, William H. Macy, Felicity Huffman, Mary-Louise Parker, Edie Falco, Sally Field, Queen Latifah, Harold Wheeler, Elliot Lawrence, Neil Patrick Harris, Jeremy Piven, Rainn Wilson, T. R. Knight, Michael Emerson, Michael Imperioli, Joe Mantegna, Vanessa Williams, Chandra Wilson, Sandra Oh, Toni Collette, Robert Lopez and Jeff Marx.
For a complete list of nominations visit www.emmys.tv.