Aretha Franklin, Jesse Martin and Bernadette Peters to Perform at Tonys

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In addition to the nominated musicals, the 2005 Tony Awards will feature other performances as well.

Tony Award winner Bernadette Peters, Grammy Award winner Aretha Franklin and original Rent star Jesse Martin will all lend their talents to the 59th Annual Tony Awards broadcast.

The 59th Annual Antoinette Perry "Tony" Awards® will be broadcast on CBS-TV Sunday, June 5 from 8-11 PM ET. For the third consecutive year, Tony Award winner Hugh Jackman — on Broadway last season in The Boy From Oz — will host.

Visit www.tonyawards.com for more information.

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Monty Python's Spamalot — the Eric Idle-John Du Prez musical at the Shubert Theatre — will perform "Find Your Grail." The song features Tony nominees Sara Ramirez and Tim Curry and the entire company of the musical, which has been nominated for 14 Tony Awards. The revival of La Cage aux Folles — the Jerry Herman-Harvey Fierstein musical at the Marquis Theatre — will offer its title tune, "La Cage aux Folles," which spotlights the talents of Les Cagelles.

The Light in the Piazza — the Adam Guettel-Craig Lucas musical at the Vivian Beaumont Theater — will perform their opening number, "Statues and Stories," which features Victoria Clark, Kelli O'Hara and the Piazza company.

Dirty Rotten Scoundrels — the David Yazbek-Jeffrey Lane musical at the Imperial Theatre — will offer "Great Big Stuff," which features Norbert Leo Butz, John Lithgow, Gregory Jbara and members of the Scoundrels ensemble.

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee — the William Finn Rachel Sheinkin Rebecca Feldman musical at Circle in the Square Theatre — will offer portions of two songs: their opening number, "The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee," and "Prayer of the Comfort Counselor."

The revival of Sweet Charity — starring Christina Applegate at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre — will perform a medley of songs from the Cy Coleman Dorothy Fields-Neil Simon musical.

Pacific Overtures, which played Studio 54 this past summer and was nominated for a Tony for Best Revival of a Musical, will not be performing at the upcoming awards program.

Like the 2004 Tony Awards telecast, the opening number of the 2005 Tony Awards will feature host Hugh Jackman and cast members from most of the season's nominated musicals and musical revivals. The company of Spamalot will perform a portion of the song "Camelot" and Dirty Rotten Scoundrels will perform part of the "Dirty Rotten Number," among others.

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