By Andrew Gans
04 Jun 2012
The three-hour program will feature performances by Tony-nominated musicals including Evita, featuring Ricky Martin and Elena Roger; Follies, featuring Tony-nominated actor Danny Burstein; The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess, featuring Tony nominees Audra McDonald, Norm Lewis and David Alan Grier; Jesus Christ Superstar, featuring Tony nominee Josh Young; Leap of Faith , featuring Raúl Esparza, who will offer "Rise Up"; Newsies, featuring Tony-nominated actor Jeremy Jordan; Nice Work If You Can Get It, featuring Matthew Broderick and Tony nominee Kelli O’Hara; and Once, featuring Tony nominees Steve Kazee, Cristin Milioti and Elizabeth A. Davis.
The evening will also include performances by Tony-nominated plays: End Of The Rainbow with Tony-nominated actress Tracie Bennett; One Man, Two Guvnors with Tony-nominated actor James Corden; and Peter and the Starcatcher, featuring Tony nominees Christian Borle and Celia Keenan-Bolger.
As previously announced, presenters for the 2012 Tony Awards will include Ellen Barkin, Candice Bergen, Jessica Chastain, Sheryl Crow, Nick Jonas, Angela Lansbury, James Marsden, Jim Parsons, Mandy Patinkin, Tyler Perry, Bernadette Peters, Christopher Plummer, Paul Rudd, Amanda Seyfried, Trey Parker and Matt Stone, among others.
CBS will broadcast the event beginning at 8 PM ET.
The 2012 Tony Awards are presented by the Broadway League and the American Theatre Wing.
The Antoinette Perry “Tony” Awards are bestowed annually on theatre professionals for distinguished achievement.