Music is the star, no matter who wins

From `Jersey Boys' to `The Color Purple,' Tony nominatees all feature music as part of the story

June 11, 2006|By J. WYNN ROUSUCK | J. WYNN ROUSUCK,SUN THEATER CRITIC

New York - Sixties' doo-wop, Roaring '20s syncopation, '80s disco and Great Depression blues. Song titles like "Big Girls Don't Cry" "Fancy Dress," "Saturday Night in the City" and "What About Love?"

These musical styles and songs belong to the four shows competing for best new musical at tonight's Tony Awards ceremony (8-11 p.m., WJZ-Channel 13). The shows might not appear to have much in common: They take place in separate eras; they look and sound dissimilar; they have disparate plots; and their characters have different goals.

60TH ANNUAL TONY AWARDS -- Live from Radio City Music Hall -- 8 p.m.-11 p.m. -- WJZ-Channel 13 -- More on the Tonys: www.baltimoresun.com/tony

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