With only about two weeks to go before the June 2 CBS Tony Awards broadcast, and no taping yet scheduled, it appears unlikely that star Julie Andrews will appear that night in a special on a competing network.
A television network had approached Andrews and the producers of Victor/Victoria about hosting a TV special June 2 to compete with the 50th annual Tony Awards broadcast on CBS.
A source close to the production told Playbill On-Line that NBC-TV made the offer, which has not yet been accepted.
Peter Cromarty, spokesperson for Victor/Victoria confirmed that "another network [not CBS] has approached the producers [of Victor/Victoria] about doing a special on the 'Best of Broadway' with Julie and Carol Burnett."
NBC would not confirm or deny the story. Burnett told Playbill On-Line that she had not been approached about the project.Tony spokesman Keith Sherman said he could not respond until he was able to confirm the story.
Andrews made headlines around the world May 8 when she announced that she was declining her Tony nomination as Best Actress in a Musical because no one else from her show was nominated. Burnett is nominated for a Tony Award as Best Actress in a Play, but is facing an uphill battle for the award with Zoe Caldwell of Master Class.
According to the production source, the special would open with Andrews and Burnett singing Stephen Sondheim's "Broadway Baby."
-- By Robert Viagas