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2011 Tony Awards preview: Star-studded Broadway

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Broadway's big night!

Neil Patrick Harris, Broadway and Hollywood are warming up for Sunday night's Tony Awards. Host with the most NPH will get in on the show's opening and closing numbers, while Stephen Colbert, Jon Cryer, Christina Hendricks, Patti LuPone, Martha Plimpton and more will perform a number from Company. Tony-nominated Best Musicals and past winners are also set to perform. Tony presenters include Alec Baldwin, Jim Parsons, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Kelsey Grammer, Harry Connick Jr. and more.

Broadway's big night!

Hollywood is hitting the East Coast for the 65th Annual Tony Awards, the annual event that honors theater professionals for distinguished achievement on Broadway. Al Pacino, Edie Falco, Vanessa Redgrave, Billy Crudup, John Benjamin Hickey, Tammy Blanchard, Ellen Barkin, John Larroquette, Judith Light and Patti LuPone are just a few of the names that made the grade on stage and landed Tony nominations in 2011, but Sunday night is about more than just handing out the awards.

It's time for Broadway to strut its stuff!

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.

Also taking the stage are the casts from 2010 Tony winner Memphis, Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark, Ghetto Klown and Priscilla Queen of the Desert with Paul Shaffer and Martha Wash.

The Tonys have also reassembled an all-star cast for a once in a lifetime performance from New York Philharmonic's April 2011 limited run of Company. 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 are set to share the stage.

The list of celebs presenting at the Tonys includes Christie Brinkley, Matthew Broderick, Viola Davis, Joel Grey, Whoopi Goldberg, Marg Helgenberger, Samuel L. Jackson, James Earl Jones, Angela Lansbury, Robert Morse, David Hyde Pierce, Daniel Radcliffe, Vanessa Redgrave, Brooke Shields, Robin Williams and Patrick Wilson, as well as the above mentioned Alec Baldwin, Jim Parsons, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Chris Rock, Kelsey Grammer and Harry Connick Jr.

The Tony Awards take place at the Beacon Theatre, Sunday, June 12 and air at 8 p.m. (live ET; delayed PT) on CBS.

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