Neil Patrick Harris, Sting to sing at Tonys
NEW YORK - Neil Patrick Harris, Sting, Idina Menzel, Alan Cumming and Sutton Foster as well as the teaming up of Patti LaBelle, Gladys Knight and Fantasia will perform at the Tony Awards on June 8.
Producers announced a music-heavy lineup that includes all the best new musical nominees, "Aladdin," "After Midnight," "Beautiful: The Carole King Musical," "A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder," and some overlooked ones, including "Bullets Over Broadway," "Rocky" and "If/Then."
Three revivals, "Les Miserables," "Violet" and Cumming's "Cabaret," also will be featured.
Sting will perform a song from his Broadway-bound musical, "The Last Ship."
Harris, in the past a winning host, will return to sing a song from his "Hedwig and the Angry Inch," in which he plays a German male transsexual rock singer. He, together with a lascivious and edgy Cumming as "Cabaret" emcee, may add some spice to the night.
Broadway and Hollywood stars are going to help add some glamour to show, with appearances expected by Bradley Cooper, Kevin Bacon, Clint Eastwood, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Will Ferrell and Liev Schreiber.
Some of those overlooked this season for Tony nominations that will present awards include Zachary Quinto, Zachary Levi, Leighton Meester and Ethan Hawke.
Other presenters include Emmy Rossum, Kate Mara, Lucy Liu, Patricia Clarkson, Matt Bomer, Anna Gunn, Gloria Estefan, Fran Drescher, Wayne Brady, Carole King, Emilio Estefan, Tony Goldwyn, Vera Farmiga and Alessandro Nivola.
The Tony Awards will be broadcast from Radio City Music Hall on CBS. Hugh Jackman will host.
Mondrian painting could fetch $30M
LONDON - A major painting by modernist master Piet Mondrian is to be sold at auction for the first time with an estimated price of 13 million pounds to 18 million pounds ($22 million to $30 million).
Sotheby's said Wednesday that "Composition With Blue and Gray," completed in 1927, has been in a private collection for 50 years. Sotheby's did not identify the owner.
The Dutch artist is famous for his angular, primary-colored compositions. Sotheby's specialist Philip Hook said his work "was considered revolutionary at the time it was created and remains startlingly modern today."
"Composition" will be auctioned at Sotheby's in London on June 23.
The record price for a Mondrian is $28 million at the time, paid in 2009 for "Composition With Blue, Red, Yellow and Black."
'Wimpy Kid' author opens Mass. bookstore
NEW YORK - Meet the latest bookstore owner: "Diary of a Wimpy Kid" author Jeff Kinney.
The beloved children's writer surprised and delighted a breakfast gathering Friday at BookExpo America, publishing's annual national convention, by announcing that he and his wife are converting the site of an abandoned general store in Plainville, Mass., where Kinney and his wife live.
Kinney, whose books have sold more than 100 million copies worldwide, joked that he was opening a store to get rich.
Kinney isn't the only author to go into the bookselling business. Ann Patchett runs Parnassus Books in Nashville, Tenn., and Larry McMurtry is the longtime owner of Booked Up in Archer, Texas.
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