Julia Roberts, Eric McCormack and Martin Short to Present at Tony Awards

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She may not have received a Tony nomination for her performance in Three Days of Rain, but Academy Award winner Julia Roberts will be part of the 2006 Tony Awards telecast.
Julia Roberts
Julia Roberts Photo by Aubrey Reuben

Roberts, who is currently starring in Richard Greenberg's Rain through June 18, will be among the presenters for the annual ceremony at Radio City Music Hall. Others scheduled to present on the June 11 broadcast include Eric McCormack, Ralph Fiennes, Cynthia Nixon, Martin Short, Alfre Woodard and Anna Paquin.

A host has yet to be named for this year's Tony Awards.

Nominations for the 2006 Tony Awards were announced May 16. The Drowsy Chaperone, the new musical that pays homage to musical theatre lovers, received 13 nominations, the most for any production of the season. The Color Purple — based on the film and book of the same name — also did well, snagging 11 nominations, and the hit revival of The Pajama Game, which marked the Broadway debut of Harry Connick Jr., received 9 nominations. Crowd favorite Jersey Boys — based on the life and music of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons — earned 8 nominations. Plays that received multiple nominations include the Lincoln Center Theater revival of Awake and Sing! That Clifford Odets drama, set in the Bronx in the 1930's, received 8 nominations, while the new Alan Bennett play The History Boys — featuring its entire original London cast — nabbed seven nominations.

The 2006 Tony Awards will be broadcast live on CBS-TV June 11, 8-11 PM ET; check local listings.

For more information visit www.tonyawards.com.

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