A bid to open the ceremony by having Mormon cast members knock on the dressing-room doors of the evening's stars while performing the acclaimed musical's opening number "Hello!" was dismissed. Instead, the New York daily says that the Tony ceremony will begin with a medley of tunes led by host Neil Patrick Harris.
The 2011 Tony Awards will air on CBS June 12 at 8 PM ET live from the Beacon Theatre in New York City.
The evening will feature appearances by Daniel Radcliffe, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Whoopi Goldberg, Chris Rock, Alec Baldwin, Samuel L. Jackson, Kelsey Grammer, Viola Davis, Vanessa Redgrave, James Earl Jones, Harry Connick, Jr., Christie Brinkley, David Hyde Pierce, Marg Helgenberger, Matthew Broderick, Angela Lansbury, Jim Parsons, Joel Grey, Patrick Wilson, Robert Morse and many others.
The 2011 Tony Awards will be executive-produced by Ricky Kirshner and Glenn Weiss of White Cherry Entertainment.
The awards, Broadway's highest honor, have been broadcast on CBS since 1978. This will be the first year that the show will be broadcast from The Beacon Theatre, which is part of the Madison Square Garden portfolio of venues. (As previously reported, Radio City Music Hall, the home of the Tony Awards for the past several years, is unavailable for this year's awards show.)
For more information visit www.TonyAwards.com.