Rent and Lion King Casts to Perform on 2008 Tony Awards

Tony Awards   Rent and Lion King Casts to Perform on 2008 Tony Awards
 
The 2008 Tony Awards will feature performances from the casts of Rent and The Lion King.

Anthony Rapp and Adam Pascal in Rent.
Anthony Rapp and Adam Pascal in Rent. Photo by Joan Marcus

The original principal cast of Jonathan Larson's Rent will join the show's current company to celebrate the the Pulitzer Prize-winning musical's lengthy run, which ends Sept. 7 at the Nederlander Theatre. The current company of the Tony-winning musical The Lion King will also perform on the Tony telecast to celebrate the show's 10th anniversary. The Disney musical will open the telecast with "Circle of Life."

As previously announced, stage and screen star Whoopi Goldberg will host the 62nd Annual Tony Awards, which will be presented June 15. CBS-TV will broadcast the event live from Radio City Music Hall, 8-11 PM ET. (Red-carpet arrivals will begin at 6 PM).

The Tony Awards are presented by The Broadway League and the American Theatre Wing. CBS has broadcast the annual event since 1978.

For more information visit www.TonyAwards.com.

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