Rosie Revises Dates for Tony Previews on Her Show

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If the producers of the Tony Awards thought that by getting Rosie O'Donnell to host the event they'd be getting lots of free publicity and exposure for this year's shows -- they were right.

If the producers of the Tony Awards thought that by getting Rosie O'Donnell to host the event they'd be getting lots of free publicity and exposure for this year's shows -- they were right.

O'Donnell has been using her daily morning talk show as a forum to promote Broadway, and that commitment will intensify in the weeks leading up to the June 1 Tony Awards.

May 12 saw the entire cast (and several orchestra members) of Titanic appearing on the ABC-TV program, and two weeks earlier Jekyll & Hyde's Linda Eder made a successful, last-minute appearance on the show (one that only added fuel to the "new Streisand" blaze).

Starting May 23, each of the new Tony-nominated productions will get a chance to strut their stuff on the program. According to "Rosie" press rep Marc Leipis, Tony week performances are shaping up as follows:

  • Friday, May 23: Chicago
  • Monday, May 26: "Best of Broadway" with performance clips from previous shows; plus Rosie's 13-year-old date for the Tonys
  • Tuesday, May 27: Titanic performance
  • Wednesday, May 28: The Life performance (Sam Harris)
  • Thursday, May 29: Steel Pier performance
  • Friday, May 30: The Life performance (Lillias White)

Additional performances will be announced as the schedule firms up. Check TALK SHOW WATCH in Theatre News for up-to-date listings. --By David Lefkowitz and Andrew Ku

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