Gossip columnist Liz Smith reports that Sager will take part in the June 6 ceremony at Radio City Music Hall. Sager joins the previously announced Nicole Kidman, who will also present an award, and Mary J. Blige and Tony Bennett, who will perform a collection of Broadway classics. In addition to The Boy From Oz, Sager's lyrics have also been heard in the Broadway productions of Georgy, Dancin', They're Playing Our Song, Up in One, The Madwoman of Central Park West and Barbara Cook: A Concert for the Theatre.
With composer Burt Bacharach, Sager has written two number one songs, "On My Own" (recorded by Patti LaBelle and Michael McDonald) and "That's What Friends Are For" (recorded by Dionne Warwick, Elton John, Gladys Knight and Steve Wonder). Sager and Bacharach (with Peter Allen and Christopher Cross) also received a Best Song Academy Award for "Arthur's Theme (Best That You Can Do)" from the 1981 film "Arthur." That song is also part of the score for The Boy From Oz. Other notables in the Sager catalogue include "Come in From the Rain," "Don't Cry Out Loud," "It's My Turn," "Everything Old Is New Again" and "Looking Through the Eyes of Love."
The Antoinette Perry "Tony" Award is bestowed annually for distinguished achievement in the theatre. For the second straight year, Hugh Jackman — now on Broadway in Oz — will host the awards live from Radio City Music Hall on Sunday, June 6. CBS will broadcast the three-hour event live, 8-11 PM ET.