Bradley Cooper, Kate Mara & 5 More Tony Attendees With Secret Musical Pasts
Even with all those celebrity snubs, no one doubts that the 2014 Tony Awards will be a star-studded event. In addition to nominated actors like Bryan Cranston, Chris O'Dowd, and Neil Patrick Harris expected to attend, there's Hugh Jackman as host, plus the A-list stars of competing shows like A Raisin in the Sun and Twelfth Night likely to be in the audience. If that wasn't already enough reason to tune in, however, Tuesday's announcement of the over two dozen other celebrities set to attend the Tonys should do the trick; between the appearances of Bradley Cooper, Maggie Gyllenhaal, and Clint Eastwood, among others, what should be Broadway's biggest night will, this year, be all about Hollywood.
As for why that is, however, we have no idea. Sure, it's exciting to see all those actors appearing at the Tonys, but hardly any of the people mentioned on the list have any background in musical theater. They've never been on Broadway, have no side careers as singers, and, as far as we know, have no plans to go into the studio or star in the Step Up movies anytime in the near future. We can only imagine that Jackman is planning some huge intro performance to rival his 2009 Oscars opener, and is enlisting all the help he can get from his celebrity friends, regardless of their musical abilities.
No matter what the reason is for the stars' appearances, though, there's no denying that it'll definitely be weird to see Clint Eastwood bopping along to "Arabian Nights." Still, as it turns out, some of the actors set to attend the Tonys actually have more musical experience than you'd think. For instance:
Performance: "All About Steve" with Ken Jeong in All About Steve.
Context: It's a special feature on the DVD. Such a shame it didn't make the cut for the actual movie!
Chance of EGOT: Not in a million years, Cooper.
Performance: "Sing Me a Happy Song" in HappyThankYouMorePlease.
Context: In the 2010 dramedy, Mara played a waitress trying to make it as a singer.
Chance of EGOT: The former House of Cards star should probably stick to her day job. Still, she's not bad.
Performance: "I Talk to the Trees" in Paint Your Wagon.
Context: One of the many songs Eastwood sang for the 1969 musical film.
Chance of EGOT: Totally could happen. Who would've known it — the guy can sing. Back in the '60s, Eastwood recorded a series of pop songs and a full-length country album, and later, he composed the scores to several of this films, including Mystic River and Million Dollar Baby.
Performance: "I Can't Wait" in Happy Endings.
Context: Gyllenhaal's Jude, a singer, performs an original song at a nightclub.
Chance of EGOT: You never know. Gyllenhaal has said she's more comfortable singing in a movie than acting, so it might only be a matter of time.
Performance: "Happy Birthday" on Breaking Bad.
Context: That awful Ted Beneke convinces Skyler to sing him a birthday song.
Chance of EGOT: Wouldn't bet on it.
Performance: "Maybe This Time" on Bates Motel.
Context: A community theater audition.
Chance of EGOT: It just might happen. The insanely talented Farmiga's a cappella rendition of the Cabaret tune blew the judges, and viewers, away.
Performance: "Afternoon Delight" in Anchorman.
Context: Come on, like that classic performance needs any.
Chance of EGOT: Sorry, Burgundy, but not gonna happen. Ever.