The Creative Arts and other special awards will be presented beginning at 7pm in a non-televised ceremony, hosted by Michael Cerveris and Julie White, while the remainder of the ceremony will be aired live on CBS-TV, beginning at 8pm, and hosted by Whoopi Goldberg.
Cry-Baby, In the Heights, Passing Strange, and Xanadu are competing for the Best Musical trophy; and Gypsy, Grease, South Pacific, and Sunday in the Park With George are all nominated for Best Revival of a Musical. Plays with multiple nominations include August: Osage County, Boeing-Boeing, Macbeth, Rock n' Roll, The Seafarer, and The 39 Steps.
As previously announced, all 11 of this year's eligible musicals, including A Catered Affair, The Little Mermaid, and Young Frankenstein, will perform, and the long-running musicals Rent and The Lion King will make special appearances on the telecast. The presentation by Rent, which is scheduled to close after 12 years, will feature the original principal cast members -- who included Anthony Rapp, Adam Pascal, Daphne Rubin-Vega, Idina Menzel, Jesse L. Martin, and Wilson Jermaine Heredia -- as well as members of the current Broadway cast, who include Will Chase and Eden Espinosa. Meanwhile, the current cast of The Lion King, which celebrated its 10th anniversary this past November, will perform the show's opening number "The Circle of Life," in which Goldberg is set to participate.
Scheduled presenters include Barry Bostwick, 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, Duncan Sheik, Brooke Shields, Marisa Tomei, and Bradley Whitford.
For more information, visit www.TonyAwards.com.
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