Tony Evening Will Begin with Red Carpet Arrivals and Pre-Telecast Awards

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27 May 2009

Although the CBS telecast of The 63rd Annual Tony Awards begins at 8 PM ET, devoted theatre fans will likely begin their Tony celebration two hours earlier.

At 6 PM ET, TonyAwards.com will webcast the arrivals of the Broadway and Hollywood celebrities live from the sidewalk of West 50th Street.

At 7:10 PM the official Tony site will also webcast the pre-Tony telecast awards. Which awards will be presented during this period have yet to be announced, although last season's pre-telecast included the presentation of the Creative Arts Awards: Best Scenic Design of a Play, Best Scenic Design of a Musical, Best Costume Design of a Play, Best Costume Design of a Musical, Best Lighting Design of a Play, Best Lighting Design of a Musical, Best Sound Design of a Play, Best Sound Design of a Musical and Best Orchestrations.

And, at 8 PM stage and screen star Neil Patrick Harris will host the The 63rd Annual Tony Awards 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.

For more information visit www.tonyawards.com.



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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.