Whoopi Goldberg will soon join the Broadway cast of Xanadu. Movie star and co-host of The View Goldberg will be taking on the role of the wise-cracking muse Calliope, currently being played by Jackie Hoffman. Goldberg will be in the silly Broadway musical from July 29 to September 7, while The View is on hiatus and Hoffman is on leave from the show. To get discount tickets to see Whoopi in Xanadu, click here.
The new Broadway revival of Ntozake Shange’s for colored girls who have considered suicide when the rainbow is enuf, starring singer/songwriter India.Arie, will begin Broadway previews at the Circle in the Square Theatre on August 19. The official Broadway opening will be on September 8. Directed by Shirley Jo Finney and choreographed by Hinton Battle, this production of the poetic 1970s play is produced by Whoopi Goldberg and DreamTeam Entertainment Group.
The Tony Awards, the annual honoring of Broadway’s best achievements, begins at 8pm on CBS tonight in a three-hour show hosted by Whoopi Goldberg and broadcast live from Radio City Music Hall. Some of the creative awards are being left off the TV telecast tonight, so Broadawy fans should point their browsers to www.TonyAwards.com at 7:15pm to see those being handed out. Visit that site at 6pm to watch the red carpet arrivals being webcast.
As she announced herself this morning on The View (which she co-hosts), Whoopi Goldberg will be the host of the 62nd Annual Tony Awards, which will broadcast live on CBS on June 15. Whoopi appeared on Broadway only a couple years ago in a solo show, and she also occasionally serves as a producer of Broadway shows. “I love Broadway and I’m thrilled to be doing anything for the first time,” she said about the Tony gig, “I’m gonna have a blast.”