David and Julie's Sunday Plans While the rest of Broadway is (unions willing) spending Sunday night at the Majestic Theatre watching the Tony Awards being handed out, Best Actress in a Musical nominee Julie Andrews will spend the evening at her country home near Sag Harbor, Long Island, where her daughter runs a summer theatre company.
Victor/Victoria spokesman Peter Cromarty outlined Andrews' plans to Playbill On-Line. Andrews announced May 8 that she was declining the nomination because the rest of the cast and creative team of her musical had been "egregiously overlooked." She is widely expected to win the award anyway.
Meanwhile, State Fair producer David Merrick made Andrews another offer. In a display ad in the May 31 New York Times Weekend section, Merrick ran his own picture under the invitation ""To Julie Andrews: Dinner--Sunday at 9:00?"
Merrick made headlines in the weeks before the Tony show by suing the Tonys for $2 million because only 4 of the 15 songs in State Fair were nominated for Best Score, virtually sinking perhaps the last chance Rodgers and Hammerstein have to win one more Tony. Merrick's suit was dismissed.
No word on whether Andrews is considering Merrick's invitation.
-- By Robert Viagas