Tony Awards Preview Concert, Hosted By Harry Smith, Airs May 30

Harry Smith — of CBS' "The Early Show" — hosts the Visa Signature Tony Awards Preview Concert, which airs in the Manhattan area on WCBS-TV (Channel 2) May 30 at 7 PM ET; check local listings.

Guys & Dolls' Kate Jennings Grant and Lauren Graham
Guys & Dolls' Kate Jennings Grant and Lauren Graham (Photo by Carol Rosegg)

The concert, which features performances by a host of Broadway actors, was filmed May 18 at The Hudson Theatre in Manhattan. Among those who performed were Lauren Graham and Kate Jennings Grant from Guys & Dolls; Gavin Creel and the cast of Hair; Matt Cavanaugh and Josefina Scaglione from West Side Story; Stephanie Block from 9 to 5: The Musical; Carole Shelley from Billy Elliot, The Musical; Alice Ripley, Jennifer Damiano and Aaron Tveit from Next to Normal; Constantine Maroulis and Amy Spanger from Rock of Ages; and Sutton Foster, Leah Greenhaus and Marissa O'Donnell from Shrek The Musical.

The special also includes an opening number with Cheyenne Jackson and will highlight Tony nominees Jeff Daniels, Jane Fonda, Allison Janney, Angela Lansbury and Dolly Parton. Also featured are interviews with 2009 Tony nominees Jennifer Damiano ( Next to Normal), Thomas Sadoski ( Reasons to Be Pretty), Josefina Scaglione ( West Side Story) and David Bologna ( Billy Elliot, The Musical).

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The 2009 Tony Award, hosted by Neil Patrick Harris, will air live on CBS June 7 at 8 PM ET.