As previously reported, The Boy From Oz star — and 2004 Tony nominee — Hugh Jackman will host the awards, which will be broadcast live on CBS-TV, 8-11 PM ET. Academy Award winner Nicole Kidman and Boy From Oz lyricist Carole Bayer Sager will be among the presenters for the evening, which will include a tribute to classic Broadway musicals performed by Tony Bennett and Mary J. Blige.
Playbill On-Line has also learned that additional presenters are likely to include London stage and screen star Helen Mirren as well as Tony Award winners Brian Stokes Mitchell, Chita Rivera, Billy Joel, John Lithgow and Marissa Jaret Winokur.
The telecast will also include performances from the four nominated Best Musicals — Avenue Q, The Boy From Oz, Wicked and Caroline, or Change — as well as three of the four nominated Best Revivals of a Musical — Assassins, Fiddler on the Roof and Wonderful Town. Big River has been denied the chance to perform on the telecast because it is no longer running on Broadway.
Avenue Q, the hilarious yet touching puppet-friendly musical, will offer an abridged version of their opening number, "It Sucks to Be Me." The Tony-nominated revival of Stephen Sondheim and John Weidman's Assassins will perform that show's finale, "Everybody's Got the Right." Tonya Pinkins, nominated for Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Musical, will perform her Caroline, or Change show stopper, "Lot's Wife." Two-time Tony Award winner Donna Murphy, again nominated this season, will lead the Wonderful Town company in the Leonard Bernstein-Adolph Green-Betty Comden song, "Swing." Wicked co-nominees Idina Menzel and Kristin Chenoweth will perform the show's first-act finale, "Defying Gravity.' The company of Fiddler on the Roof — led by the Tony-nominated Alfred Molina — will perform "Tradition," and host Jackman will perform The Boy From Oz's "Not the Boy Next Door."
The telecast will also include moments from the Best Play nominees (Anna in the Tropics, Frozen, I Am My Own Wife and The Retreat from Moscow) and Best Revival of a Play nominees (Henry IV, Jumpers, King Lear and A Raisin in the Sun.) The Antoinette Perry "Tony" Award is bestowed annually for distinguished achievement in the theatre.