This news started with the announcement that the cast of “Chicago” would reunite on the Oscars stage on Feb. 24. Now show producers Craig Zadan and Neil Moran have revealed that musicals from the past 10 years will be honored with performances highlighting Oscar winners and nominees “Chicago,” “Dreamgirls,” and “Les Miserables,” and that the actors in those movies will be involved.
“We are pleased to have been able to amass so much talent to create the celebration of musicals of the last decade that we envisioned,” Zadan and Meron say in a statement. “We are thrilled that so many talented actors have agreed to bring our vision to life.”
That means that Jennifer Hudson will be there for “Dreamgirls,” Catherine Zeta-Jones and the rest of the “Chicago” cast will be there for that movie, and Russell Crowe, Hugh Jackman, Anne Hathaway, Amanda Seyfried, Eddie Redmayne, Aaron Tveit, Samantha Barks, and Helena Bonham will all perform for “Les Miserables.” Those performances are of course in addition to those already announced, which include Adele, Shirley Bassey, Norah Jones and Barbra Streisand. At this rate, people tuning in to the Oscars at the wrong moment will think they’re watching the Tonys.