Whoopi Goldberg is planning some surprises when she hosts the Tony Awards for the first time next month, though she can't help spilling a few beans. She has already told the rest of the ladies of "The View" that she has been shooting spots all around Gotham, including such iconic locations as Times Square in the heart of Broadway.
Now Whoopi tells the New York Daily News that Mayor Mike Bloomberg will appear alongside her in a skit at the top of the awards show on CBS June 15: "He's my friend and who better to start the night than the mayor of New York City," she said.
This grand-slam award winner (Oscar, Emmy, Grammy and Tony) has hosted the Academy Awards four times (picking up Emmy nods twice for her efforts) and the Grammy Awards once. Goldberg grew up only blocks from Radio City Music Hall, home to the Tony Awards, and got her start in the theater -– she was discovered performing downtown by fellow grand slammer Mike Nichols.
Her passion for performing live makes her ideally suited to lead this salute to the best of Broadway. And she is using her clout on the daytime talker to promote Tony Award contenders with the cast of "Passing Strange" performing a number last week and the crew from "In the Heights" singing next Thursday.