Monday, June 1, 2009

Elton to Feature in Tony Awards Telecast


The 2009 Tony Awards, to be held on Sunday, June 7 at Radio City Music Hall and aired live on CBS-TV from 8:00pm to 11:00 pm, has announced the show's featured performances.

Each of the Tony-nominated Best Musicals and Best Musical Revivals -- including Billy Elliot, The Musical; Guys and Dolls; Hair; Next to Normal; Pal Joey; Rock of Ages; Shrek the Musical; and West Side Story -- will perform. Additionally, there will be special performances from the touring productions of Jersey Boys, Legally Blonde The Musical and Mamma Mia!, along with special appearances by Elton John and Dolly Parton.

As previously announced, Neil Patrick Harris will host the ceremony. Presenters will 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.

Billy Elliot, the Musical leads the field with 15 nominations, including Best Musical. Other shows with multiple nominations include Next to Normal (11), Hair (8), Shrek the Musical (8), Mary Stuart (7), The Norman Conquests (7), God of Carnage (6), and Joe Turner's Come and Gone (6). For a full list of nominations, click here.

In addition, for the first time ever, fans in the New York area can watch the Tony Awards simulcast in Times Square on the Clear Channel Spectacolor HD Screen, from 7:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. The screening will feature the pre-telecast Creative Arts Awards and the Tony Awards broadcast. Seating will be provided in Duffy Square.

The 2009 Tony Awards are presented by The Broadway League and The American Theatre Wing. For more information, visit www.tonyawards.com.

- Theater Mania

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