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With Oscar as the forward-seeing Nostradamus and James as Shakespeare-hating playwright Nick Bottom, the cast performed “A Musical” from the Casey Nicholaw-directed production, which nabbed 10 nominations.
The self-parodying number, which has Nostradamus looking into the future and reporting what the theater world’s next big concept will be, represents everything that’s ludicrous and wonderful about the form at its most ebullient: people bursting into spontaneous song; perky chorus members thronging the stage; an explosion of tappers, fan-dancing showgirls and a kickline; even the magnificently cheesy tradition of the encore reprise.
Hosted by Kristin Chenoweth and Alan Cumming (who joined the end of the number), the Broadway-lauding awards show also included a 10th-anniversary celebration of Jersey Boys as well as performances by the casts of Gigi, Finding Neverland, The King and I, On the Twentieth Century, The Visit, It Shoulda Been You, An American in Paris, Fun Home and On the Town.
The broadcast — presented by The Broadway League and the American Theatre Wing — aired live on CBS from Radio City Music Hall in New York City.
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