By Andrew Gans
09 Jun 2011
Hosted by Emmy winner Neil Patrick Harris, the evening will feature appearances by the previously reported Alec Baldwin, Christie Brinkley, Matthew Broderick, Harry Connick, Jr., Viola Davis, Whoopi Goldberg, Kelsey Grammer, Joel Grey, Marg Helgenberger, Samuel L. Jackson, James Earl Jones, Angela Lansbury, Jim Parsons, David Hyde Pierce, Daniel Radcliffe, Vanessa Redgrave, Chris Rock, Brooke Shields, Robin Williams, Patrick Wilson and Catherine Zeta-Jones.
The evening, which begins at 8 PM on CBS, will include performances from the casts of the 2011 Tony-nominated Best Musicals and Best Revivals of a Musical, including Anything Goes featuring Sutton Foster; Catch Me If You Can with Norbert Leo Butz and Aaron Tveit; How to Suceed in Business Without Really Trying featuring Daniel Radcliffe and John Laroquette; Sister Act featuring Patina Miller; The Book of Mormon featuring Andrew Rannells; and The Scottsboro Boys featuring Joshua Henry.
Additionally, casts from other Broadway productions will also take the stage at the Beacon Theatre. Expect to see performances from the Tony-winning Memphis; Spider-Man Turn Off the Dark featuring Reeve Carney and Jennifer Damiano; John Leguizamo’s Ghetto Klown; and the cast of Priscilla Queen of the Desert featuring Nick Adams, Tony Sheldon, Will Swenson with special appearances by Paul Shaffer and the legendary Martha Wash.
The Tony Awards will also reassemble the all-star cast of the New York Philharmonic’s April 2011 limited run of Company, including Stephen Colbert, Jon Cryer, Katie Finneran, Neil Patrick Harris, Christina Hendricks, Aaron Lazar, Patti LuPone, Jill Paice, Martha Plimpton, Anika Noni Rose, Jennifer Laura Thompson, Jim Walton and Chryssie Whitehead.
The Tony Awards will be broadcast live from the Beacon Theatre June 12 at 8 PM ET. The 2011 Tony Awards are presented by the Broadway League and the American Theatre Wing.