Daniel Johnson and cast members to perform at Tony Awards, Early Show and Letterman Show

This scene features the title number “Anything Goes.” Manistee actor/singer/dancer Daniel Johnson, whose stage name is Daniel J. Edwards, is at the upper left. (Courtesy photo)

Although Daniel Johnson is now appearing on the Broadway stage in the revival of “Anything Goes,” his Manistee friends and relatives will be glued to their television sets on several occasions in the next week to get a glimpse of the actor/singer/dancer who may have hit the jackpot in his first post-college role.
The cast from “Anything Goes” will be on the CBS Early Show today sometime between 7 and 9 a.m., then they will perform at the Tony Awards on Sunday on CBS at 8 p.m., and also on Tuesday evening on The Late Show with David Letterman at 11 p.m.
In addition to performing on the Tony Awards show, the cast will also find out which of the nine Tony nominations result in awards. The nominations are for best revival of a musical, best actress in a musical (Sutton Foster), best featured actor in a musical (Adam Godley), best direction of a musical (Kathleen Marshall), best choreography (Kathleen Marshall), best scenic design of a musical (Derek McLane), best costume design of a musical (Martin Pakledinaz), best lighting design of a musical (Peter Kaczorowski) and best sound design of a musical (Brian Ronan).
Two people who will be seeing if they can catch a glimpse of their son will be Erik and Barbara Johnson. They traveled to New York for the opening of the show and attended an “out-of-this-world” afterglow — in the New York harbor aboard the USS Intrepid. 
Johnson, whose stage name is Daniel J. Edwards, graduated from Pittsburgh’s Point Park College last May with a degree in musical theater, and after a role in “Miss Saigon” in Toronto last summer he moved to New York and auditioned for “Anything Goes” in the fall.
 “I’m super excited,” Johnson told the News Advocate for a story several months ago. “It’s a little surreal for me, to be sure. I didn’t expect to hit Broadway for at least three years once I moved to New York, so to do it in the first month was pretty shocking.”
Rehearsals began in January and the show opened in Broadway’s Stephen Sondheim Theatre in April to favorable reviews. It has already won the following awards — five Drama Desk Awards including outstanding revival of a musical, outstanding choreographer of a musical (Kathleen Marshall), outstanding actress in a musical (Sutton Foster), outstanding set design (Derek McLane) and outstanding sound design (Brian Ronan); four Outer Critics Circle Awards including outstanding revival of a musical, outstanding Choreographer of a Musical (Kathleen Marshall), Outstanding Actress in a Musical (Sutton Foster), Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical (Adam Godley); A Drama League Award for distinguished revival of a musical and a Fred and Adele Astaire Award for best female dancer on Broadway (Sutton Foster).

The star of the “Anything Goes,” Sutton Foster, in “Blow Gabriel Blow.”

“Anything Goes was originally scheduled to play through July 31, but the run has been extended to Jan. 8. Cole Porter wrote the music and lyrics for the show that include some of musical theater’s most memorable standards — “You’re the Top,” “Blow, Gabriel, Blow,” “It’s De-Lovely,” “I Get A Kick Out of You” and “Anything Goes.”
Daniel Johnson won’t be the only actor from Manistee at the Tony Awards on Monday. Brethren High School graduate James Earl Jones, who got his start at the Ramsdell Theatre in the late 1950s, is scheduled to be one of the award presenters.

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Posted by Dave Yarnell

Dave was formerly the News Advocate features writer and retired in November 2013.

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