There’s going to be LOTS of singing at this year’s Oscars.
Jennifer Hudson (Dreamgirls) and Catherine Zeta-Jones (Chicago) will be belting out their Oscar-winning songs on Sunday’s Academy Awards as part of a celebration honoring the resurgence of movie musicals of the last decade. In the same segment this year’s Best Picture contender Les Miserables will be represented by several of the film’s key cast members including Oscar nominees Hugh Jackman and Anne Hathaway along with Russell Crowe, Eddie Redmayne, Aaron Tevit, Samantha Barks, and Helena Bonham Carter.
This year’s Oscar show producers are Musical Theater mover/shakers, Craig Zadan and Neil Meron. They’ve produced musicals for film like Chicago and Hairspray, for television films like Cinderella and The Music Man, on Broadway with How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying and Promises Promises, and on series TV with their current NBC drama Smash. So, naturally their Oscar show will be all about music, music and more music.
Producers Zadan and Meron have promised even more entertainment segments than usual; with an all-star cast of singers, dancers, presenters to honor all 24 Oscar categories. Zadan and Meron compare it to opening a Broadway show “with a cast we could never afford”.
It’s also been revealed that even Barbra Streisand will be performing on the Oscars for only the second time in her career. That negotiation must have been more choreographed than any Broadway number.
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