Casts of Billy Elliot, Guys and Dolls, Hair, Next to Normal, Shrek and More to Perform on Tonys
By Andrew Gans
The 63rd Annual Tony Awards, which will be broadcast live on CBS June 7, will feature performances by each of the Tony-nominated Best Musicals and Best Musical Revivals, including Billy Elliot, The Musical; Guys and Dolls; Hair; Next to Normal; Pal Joey; Rock of Ages; Shrek the Musical; and West Side Story.
The three-hour broadcast will also feature special performances from three touring shows: Jersey Boys, Legally Blonde The Musical and Mamma Mia!
Playbill.com has learned that the cast of Next to Normal, led by Tony nominee Alice Ripley, will perform "You Don't Know," while the Billy Elliot performance will feature all three Tony-nominated Billys: Trent Kowalik, Kiril Kulish and David Alvarez. The Shrek cast will also perform "What's Up, Duloc?"
Neil Patrick Harris will host the annual Tony ceremony live from Radio City Music Hall in Manhattan. Presenters are scheduled to include Lucie Arnaz, Kate Burton, Kristin Chenoweth, Jeff Daniels, Hope Davis, Edie Falco, Will Ferrell, Carrie Fisher, Jane Fonda, Hallie Foote, James Gandolfini, Lauren Graham, Colin Hanks, Marcia Gay Harden, Nicole Kidman, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Lange, Frank Langella, Angela Lansbury, Audra McDonald, David Hyde Pierce, Piper Perabo, Oliver Platt, Susan Sarandon, Kevin Spacey, John Stamos and Chandra Wilson.
The Tony Awards will also be simulcast in Times Square on the Clear Channel Spectacolor HD Screen from 7-11 PM and will feature the pre-telecast Creative Arts Awards and the Tony Awards broadcast. Seating will be provided in Duffy Square.
For more information visit www.tonyawards.com.
The 2009 Tonys are presented by The Broadway League and the American Theatre Wing. At The Broadway League, Nina Lannan is chairman, and Charlotte St. Martin is executive director. At the American Theatre Wing, Theodore S. Chapin is chairman and Howard Sherman is executive director. For Tony Award Productions, Alan Wasser and Allan Williams of Alan Wasser Associates are the general managers.
Ricky Kirshner and Glenn Weiss/White Cherry Entertainment are executive producers of the 2009 Tony Awards. Weiss will also serve as director of the 2009 Tony Awards.
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