PRESENTERS ANNOUNCED FOR 48TH ANNUAL TONY AWARDS
NEW YORK — Carol Burnett, Tony Danza, Madeline Kahn, Swoozie Kurtz, Steve Martin, Bernadette Peters, Martin Short, and Paul Sorvino have been added to the list of presenters for the 48th annual Tony Awards, to be broadcast Sun. June 12 (9-11 p.m., live EDT; delayed PDT) on CBS.
Previously announced presenters include Alan Alda, Jane Alexander, Nell Carter, Glenn Close (from the set of ``Sunset Boulevard'' in Los Angeles), Faye Dunaway, Melanie Griffith, Harvey Keitel, Jack Klugman, Rosie O'Donnell, Tony Randall, Jean Stapleton, and Vanessa Williams.
Highlights will include musical numbers from the four nominated musicals, ``Beauty and the Beast,'' ``Passion,'' ``A Grand Night for Singing'' (with the original cast), and ``Cyrano.'' A musical segment from the Broadway-bound ``Show Boat'' will be presented via satellite from Toronto.
As previously announced, Anthony Hopkins and Amy Irving will co-host the Tony Awards. Jessica Tandy and Hume Cronyn will receive the first Special Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement, and there will be a tribute to the legendary Broadway producer, director, and writer George Abbott, who celebrates his 107th birthday on June 25. REDGRAVE TO STAR IN ISRAELI PLAY
The image of Vanessa Redgrave toting an assault rifle and dancing with Palestinians is notorious in Israel. Now a theater director is hoping for a make-over, casting her as a Jewish woman in Nazi Germany.
Ms. Redgrave, who incensed many Israelis by supporting the Palestine Liberation Organization and calling for a show-business boycott of Israel in the 1980s, plans to make her stage debut in Israel next month.
The signing of the Israel-PLO peace accords convinced the Academy Award-winning actress that times have changed, said Oded Kutler, director of the Haifa Theatre.
``This is a chance once and for all to show this great actress this country,'' says Mr. Kutler, who cast her in ``Brecht in Exile,'' a selection of works by German playwright Bertolt Brecht.