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Tony Awards Tony Audience Will Hear "Keys," "Don't Walk Away," "96,000" and More The cast of the Tony-nominated Best Musical Passing Strange will perform "Keys" — the call-and-response portion of the new musical at the Belasco Theatre that features its Tony-nominated creator and star, Stew, singing, "It's alright . . ." — on the 62nd Annual Tony Awards telecast June 15.

Passing Strange creator Stew.
Passing Strange creator Stew. Photo by Michal Daniel has also learned that In the Heights, which has been nominated for 13 Tonys — the most of any show of the season — will perform Lin-Manuel Miranda's "96,000," a joyous song about the hope of a lottery windfall.

Cry-Baby, also nominated for Best Musical, will perform "A Little Upset." That David Javerbaum-Adam Schlesinger song features Cry-Baby (James Snyder), Dupree (Chester Gregory II), Allison (Elizabeth Stanley) and the ensemble.


Kerry Butler and Cheyenne Jackson in Xanadu
photo by Peter Lueders/Paul Kolnik Studio
Xanadu, the new musical at the Helen Hayes Theatre based on the film of the same name, will perform Jeff Lynne's "Don't Walk Away," which features Kerry Butler, Cheyenne Jackson, Tony Roberts, Mary Testa, Jackie Hoffman and the Muses.

TV watchers can also expect performances from Best Revival of a Musical nominees Gypsy, Grease, South Pacific and Sunday in the Park with George. Expect a few other surprises, including Little Mermaid's Sierra Boggess, who will perform that musical's "Part of Your World," according to the Mermaid website. As previously announced, the 2008 Tony Awards will also include performances from the casts of Rent and The Lion King.

The original principal cast of Jonathan Larson's Rent will join the show's current company to celebrate the Pulitzer Prize-winning musical's lengthy run, which ends Sept. 7 at the Nederlander Theatre.

The current company of the Tony-winning musical The Lion King will also perform on the Tony telecast to celebrate the show's 10th anniversary; in fact, the Disney musical will open the telecast with "Circle of Life."

Stage and screen star Whoopi Goldberg will host the 62nd Annual Tony Awards, which will be presented June 15. CBS-TV will broadcast the event live from Radio City Music Hall, 8-11 PM ET. (Red-carpet arrivals begin at 6 PM).

Presenters for the program currently include Gabriel Byrne, Julie Chen, Harry Connick, Jr., Laurence Fishburne, Mandy Patinkin, David Hyde Pierce, Lily Tomlin, John Waters, Alec Baldwin, Kristin Chenoweth, Glenn Close, Richard Griffiths, Laura Linney, John Lithgow, Liza Minnelli, Mary-Louise Parker, Daniel Radcliffe, Brooke Shields and Marisa Tomei.

The Tony Awards are presented by The Broadway League and the American Theatre Wing. CBS has broadcast the annual event since 1978.

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The cast and set of <i>In the Heights.</i>
The cast and set of In the Heights. Photo by Joan Marcus

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