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[06/08/11 - 07:04 AM]
An Unforgettable Night of Performances Will Be Featured on "The 65th Annual Tony(R) Awards," To Be Broadcast Live from the Beacon Theatre in New York City, Sunday, June 12 on CBS
The show will include opening and closing numbers with host Neil Patrick Harris and performances by all the 2011 Tony-nominated Best Musicals.

[via press release from CBS]

AN UNFORGETTABLE NIGHT OF PERFORMANCES WILL BE FEATURED ON "THE 65TH ANNUAL TONY(R) AWARDS," TO BE BROADCAST LIVE FROM THE BEACON THEATRE IN NEW YORK CITY, SUNDAY, JUNE 12 ON THE CBS TELEVISION NETWORK

Performances Include the 2011 Tony-Nominated Best Musicals "Anything Goes," "Catch Me If You Can," "How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying," "Sister Act," "The Book of Mormon" and "The Scottsboro Boys"

An unforgettable night of performances will be featured on THE 65TH ANNUAL TONY(R) AWARDS, live from the Beacon Theatre, Sunday, June 12 (8:00-11:00 PM, live ET; delayed PT) on the CBS Television Network. The show will include opening and closing numbers with host Neil Patrick Harris and performances by the 2011 Tony-nominated Best Musicals "Anything Goes," "Catch Me If You Can," "How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying," "Sister Act," "The Book of Mormon" and "The Scottsboro Boys."

Additionally, casts from some of Broadway's hottest shows will take the stage this year, including the 2010 Tony Award-winning musical "Memphis," "Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark," "Ghetto Klown" and the cast of "Priscilla Queen of the Desert," featuring special appearances by musician Paul Shaffer from the "Late Show with David Letterman" and the legendary singer Martha Wash.

As previously announced, the Tony Awards will reassemble an all-star cast of the New York Philharmonic's April 2011 limited run of "Company." This once-in-a-lifetime assembly of talent will perform live exclusively at the Tony Awards and feature Stephen Colbert, Jon Cryer, Katie Finneran, Neil Patrick Harris, Christina Hendricks, Aaron Lazar, Patti LuPone, Jill Paice, Martha Plimpton, Anika Noni Rose, Jennifer Laura Thompson, Jim Walton and Chryssie Whitehead.

The evening will be hosted by Emmy Award winner Neil Patrick Harris ("How I Met Your Mother"). Alec Baldwin, Christie Brinkley, Matthew Broderick, Harry Connick, Jr., Viola Davis, Joel Grey, Whoopi Goldberg, Kelsey Grammer, Marg Helgenberger, Samuel L. Jackson, James Earl Jones, Angela Lansbury, Robert Morse, Jim Parsons, David Hyde Pierce, Daniel Radcliffe, Vanessa Redgrave, Chris Rock, Brooke Shields, Robin Williams, Patrick Wilson and Catherine Zeta-Jones will be presenters on the awards show, which honors theater professionals for distinguished achievement on Broadway.

This year marks the 65th anniversary of the Tony Awards, which were first held on April 6, 1947, at the Waldorf Astoria's Grand Ballroom. The ceremonies are presented by Tony Award Productions, which is a joint venture of The Broadway League and the American Theatre Wing, which founded the Tonys in 1947. The Tonys were established in memory of Antoinette ("Tony") Perry, the American Theatre Wing's World War II chairperson.

Tony winners are selected by the governing board of Actors Equity, The Dramatists Guild, Stage Directors and Choreographers Society, the United Scenic Artists, the Association of Theatrical Press Agents and Managers, the Casting Society of America, the American Theatre Wing and members of The Broadway League.

Ricky Kirshner and Glenn Weiss of White Cherry Entertainment will return as executive producers. Weiss will also serve as director for the 12th consecutive year.

RATING: To Be Announced





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