When I was a kid, I watched all the awards shows ... except the Tonys. Even when I was involved in theater as a teenager I wasn't a follower of Broadway. And I lived an hour away from Manhattan. But today's youths may be more interested in tuning in to the 2008 Tony Awards, because everyone's favorite boy wizard is among the presenters
. Daniel Radcliffe
will likely be there solely to promote his Broadway debut
this fall, in Equus
, but that shouldn't deter fans of the Harry Potter
films, the latest of which, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
, also opens in the fall. Despite the significance of Radcliffe's role in Equus
(remember those sexy photos?
), Radcliffe will presumably be dressed fully and sharply.
Other presenters include Laura Linney
, Alec Baldwin
, Marisa Tomei
and Radcliffe's costar in both the Equus
and the Harry Potter
films, Richard Griffiths
. This year's Tonys are also of interest to movie fans for its nominees, which include movies-turned-musicals Cry-Baby
(4 nominations), Xanadu
(4 nominations), The Little Mermaid
(2 nominations) and Young Frankenstein
(3 nominations), as well as the comic adaption of The 39 Steps
(6 nominations), based on the John Buchan book that Alfred Hitchcock and others turned into hit films (with a fourth version reportedly in the works).
The Tony Awards will be held at Radio City Music Hall, and broadcast live on CBS, June 15.