Watch Broadway on CBS. Not The Tony Awards, but Tony winners Andre De Shields and Bernadette Peters on Sunday Morning

Tonight was the night that CBS was going to broadcast the 74th Tony Awards from Radio City Music Hall. But Covid-19 changed all that; now Tony winners Andre De Shields and Bernadette Peters were among the Broadway luminaries interviewed for an eight-minute segment on its Sunday Morning TV program, entitled, oddly, “Keeping Broadway’s Lights On”  — an allusion to the ghost light that remains shining in an empty theater.

Excerpts:

Andre De Shields is asked whether he remembers what he sang for his audition for The Wiz. “Of course I do” — and then he sings it!

Bernadette Peters is asked why people need live theater. She says it’s the energy.

Seth Rudetsky (co-host of Stars in the House) suggests that shows on “this medium” — meaning online — will get more elaborate while theater artists try to figure out how to pay their rent.

Author: New York Theaterh

Jonathan Mandell is a 3rd generation NYC journalist, who sees shows, reads plays, writes reviews and sometimes talks with people.

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