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What Is Legally Blonde Doing at the Tonys?

In an awesomely bitchy column today, the Post's Michael Riedel blasts the decision by the producers of this Sunday's Tony awards to cut the presentation of statues in categories like revival of a play, choreography, and book of a musical — in favor of performances by the touring productions of Jersey Boys, Mamma Mia!, and, for some reason, Legally Blonde. (Also collecting their awards at a pre-telecast "creative arts" ceremony will be the winners for lighting, set design, and costumes.) The move — more or less tantamount to the Oscars cutting the screenplay awards to show clips from Paul Blart — is the result of a mandate from theater expert (and CBS head) Les Moonves, who thinks ratings would improve with more singing and dancing and less speech-making. We can't imagine this will actually work — why can't they spare us the crapola and just bring back Jackman?

TONY SQUEEZES OUT DRAMA [NYP]

Photo: American Theatre Wing