Oscar Winner Jennifer Hudson Will Perform Song from Finding Neverland on Tony Awards

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04 Jun 2014

Jennifer Hudson
Jennifer Hudson
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A selection from the new musical Finding Neverland, which will take flight this July at the American Repertory Theater under the direction of Tony Award winner Diane Paulus, will be featured on the 68th Annual Tony Awards, according to the New York Post.

Variety reports that Oscar winner Jennifer Hudson will perform a song from the musical on the June 8 telecast.

Hudson tweeted June 4, "So excited ! I’ll be performing a song from the upcoming musical Finding Neverland @TheTonyAwards ! Tune in this Sun at 8/7c."

As previously reported, Jeremy Jordan and Laura Michelle Kelly will star in the ART production.

Based on the 2004 Miramax film about Peter Pan playwright J.M. Barrie, Finding Neverland has a score by U.K. pop songwriters Gary Barlow and Elliot Kennedy, with a book by James Graham (This House). The new staging of Finding Neverland, which Paulus (Pippin, Porgy and Bess) has been developing over the past year, will feature choreography by Emmy Award winner Mia Michaels. Academy Award-winning producer Harvey Weinstein is shepherding the project.



Here's how it's billed: "When a faltering playwright meets a widow and her four boys in Kensington Gardens, he embarks on a friendship that inspires one of the most beloved stories of all time. Based on the Miramax film written by David Magee, Finding Neverland follows the real-life relationship between the Llewelyn Davies family and James Matthew Barrie as he writes the revolutionary 1904 play Peter Pan, or The Boy Who Wouldn’t Grow Up... This new musical explores the power of imagination to open up new worlds, and the pressures put upon those worlds by the prospect of growing up."

As previously reported, the CBS broadcast, which begins at 8 PM ET, will feature performances by 2014 Tony nominee Neil Patrick Harris and the cast of Hedwig and the Angry Inch, 2014 Tony nominee Sutton Foster with the cast of Violet, Alan Cumming and the revival of Cabaret and 2014 Tony nominee Idina Menzel, who will belt out a song from the new musical If/Then.

TV watchers will be treated to selections from nominees in the Best Musical and Best Revival of a Musical categories as well as musicals that were not nominated. Expect performances from the casts of Aladdin, Les Misérables, Beautiful: The Carole King Musical, A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder, Bullets Over Broadway and Rocky.

The cast of Wicked will return to Radio City Music Hall to celebrate the show’s 10th anniversary, and music legends Patti LaBelle, Gladys Knight and Fantasia will take the stage for a performance with the cast of After Midnight. Sting will also perform a song from his upcoming musical The Last Ship.

Golden Globe and Tony Award-winning actor Hugh Jackman will return for his fourth turn as host of the awards show.

Kevin Bacon, Matt Bomer, Wayne Brady, Zach Braff, Kenneth Branagh, Patricia Clarkson, Bradley Cooper, Fran Drescher, Clint Eastwood, Emilio Estefan, Gloria Estefan, Vera Farmiga, Will Ferrell, Tony Goldwyn, Anna Gunn, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Ethan Hawke, Carole King, Zachary Levi, Lucy Liu, Kate Mara, Tony nominee Audra McDonald, Leighton Meester, Alessandro Nivola, Zachary Quinto, Emmy Rossum and Liev Schreiber will make appearances on the awards show, which honors theatre professionals for distinguished achievement on Broadway.

The ceremony is presented by Tony Award Productions, which is a joint venture of the Broadway League and the American Theatre Wing, which founded the Tonys.