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Tony Awards 2015: Six story lines to watch

Tony Awards 2015: Six story lines to watch

When the Tony Awards presentation gets underway Sunday night from Radio City Music Hall, it’ll feature a bevy of stars with deep ties to the theater (Bernadette Peters, Sutton Foster, Judith Light) and some with more tenuous connections (Jennifer Lopez, Jennifer Nettles). All will take the stage as presenters or performers as Broadway looks to appeal to, and capitalize on, its widest audience of the year.

Perhaps most emblematic of those efforts is an appearance by Vanessa Hudgens, performing a number from her “Gigi” revival, “The Night They Invented Champagne" -- and it well might make people glad they did. The Tonys will also bring some bona fide...