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[06/02/09 - 11:05 AM]
Dolly Parton, Elton John, Liza Minnelli, Stockard Channing and the Rock Band Poison Have Been Added as Performers, on "The 63rd Annual Tony(R) Awards"
Kristin Chenoweth, Edie Falco, Will Ferrell, James Gandolfini, Lauren Graham, Nicole Kidman, Anne Hathaway, Oliver Platt, Susan Sarandon, Kevin Spacey and John Stamos are among this year's presenters.

[via press release from CBS]

DOLLY PARTON, ELTON JOHN, LIZA MINNELLI, STOCKARD CHANNING AND THE ROCK BAND POISON HAVE BEEN ADDED AS PERFORMERS, ON "THE 63RD ANNUAL TONY(R) AWARDS," TO BE BROADCAST LIVE FROM RADIO CITY MUSIC HALL IN NEW YORK CITY, JUNE 7 ON THE CBS TELEVISION NETWORK

Dolly Parton, along with the cast of "9 to 5: The Musical," Elton John with the cast of "Billy Elliot, The Musical," Liza Minnelli, Stockard Channing and the rock band Poison along with the cast of "Rock of Ages," have been added as performers on THE 63RD ANNUAL TONY� AWARDS, live from Radio City Music Hall, Sunday, June 7 (8:00-11:00 PM, live ET, delayed PT) on the CBS Television Network. They join previously announced musical performances from the TONY� Award nominated shows "Billy Elliot, The Musical," "Guys and Dolls," "Hair," "Next to Normal," "Pal Joey," "Rock of Ages," "Shrek the Musical" and "West Side Story."

This year's broadcast will also feature some of Broadway's favorites which are currently touring cities across the United States - "Jersey Boys," "Legally Blonde, The Musical" and "Mamma Mia!"

Neil Patrick Harris, star of the CBS comedy "How I Met Your Mother," will host the awards show. 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 have been set to present.

For the first time, this year's TONY� Awards will be broadcast in high definition television.

THE 63RD ANNUAL TONY� AWARDS, presented by Tony Award Productions, a joint venture of the League of American Theatres and Producers and the American Theatre Wing, have been broadcast on CBS since 1978. The Tonys were founded in 1947 as a memorial to Antoinette ("Tony") Perry, the American Theatre Wing's World War II chairperson.

This will mark the 12th year that the historic Radio City Music Hall is home to the Tonys.

Ricky Kirshner and Glenn Weiss of White Cherry Entertainment return as executive producers. Weiss, who won an Emmy Award for the 2005 broadcast, will also serve as director for the ninth consecutive year.

RATING: To Be Announced





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