Newcomers to the stellar line-up of presenters include Zach Braff, Matthew Broderick, Harvey Fierstein, Marvin Hamlisch, Marcia Gay Harden, Mark Indelicato, John Kander, Patti LuPone, Bebe Neuwirth, Donny Osmond and Ben Vereen.
The artists join the previously announced Harry Connick Jr., Claire Danes, Jeff Daniels, Brian Dennehy, Carla Gugino, Neil Patrick Harris, Anne Heche, Marg Helgenberger, Judd Hirsch, Felicity Huffman, Eddie Izzard, Melina Kanakaredes, Jane Krakowski, Angela Lansbury, Robert Sean Leonard, John Mahoney, Audra McDonald, Cynthia Nixon, Bernadette Peters, David Hyde Pierce, Christopher Plummer, Liev Schreiber, Kevin Spacey, John Turturro, Usher, Sam Waterston, Vanessa Williams, Rainn Wilson and the Tony-winning Jersey Boys: John Lloyd Young, Christian Hoff, Daniel Reichard and J. Robert Spencer.
A spokesperson for the Tony Awards previously confirmed to Playbill.com that like last season, the ceremony will not have a host. Instead, the evening will be emceed by the various presenters. CBS-TV will broadcast the 2007 Tony Awards from 8-11 PM ET.
Four-time Tony Award winner Audra McDonald — who is nominated this season for her performance in the acclaimed revival of 110 in the Shade — will perform Tom Jones and Harvey Schmidt's "Raunchy" on the annual telecast. Playbill.com has also learned that Tony Award winner Christine Ebersole, nominated for her work in Grey Gardens, will sing Michael Korie and Scott Frankel's "The Revolutionary Costume for Today." The cast of the Tony-nominated Best Musical Spring Awakening will perform a medley of tunes from the Duncan Sheik-Steven Sater score, and the new Kander-Ebb-Holmes-Stone musical Curtains will perform "Show People." The final Best Musical nominee, Mary Poppins, will offer a medley of "Step in Time" (from the Sherman Brothers portion of the score) and "Anything Can Happen" (one of the new songs penned by Anthony Drewe and George Stiles).
The company of the hit revival of A Chorus Line will likely sing Marvin Hamlisch and Ed Kleban's "One," and Tony nominee Raul Esparza is expected to sing "Being Alive" from the Tony-nominated revival of Stephen Sondheim's Company. "American Idol" winner Fantasia, who is currently starring in The Color Purple, will also lend her powerful vocals to the Tony telecast.
The Antoinette Perry "Tony" Awards are "bestowed annually on theatre professionals for distinguished achievement." The Tonys are presented by the League of American Theatres and Producers and the American Theatre Wing.
Tickets for the ceremony can be purchased online by visiting www.TonyAwards.com.