Even more stars have been added the roster of performers for the 68th annual Tony Awards to be presented June 8 at Radio City Music Hall and broadcast on CBS starting at 8pm EST. Tony winner and Oscar nominee Hugh Jackman will host the event. In addition to previously announced performers such as Neil Patrick Harris (Hedwig and the Angry Inch) and Idina Menzel (If/Then), new stars appearing include Orlando Bloom (Romeo and Juliet), Judith Light (Other Desert Cities), Samuel L. Jackson (The Mountaintop), Patrick Wilson (Oklahoma!), Jonathan Groff (Spring Awakening), Rosie O’Donnell (winner of the 2014 Isabelle Stevenson Award), T.I., LL Cool J and Barrett Foa (NCIS: Los Angeles). Tina Fey will introduce a special performance by Oscar winner Jennifer Hudson (Dreamgirls), who will perform a number from the new musical Finding Neverland.
Other performers include Patti LaBelle, Gladys Knight, Fantasia, and the cast of After Midnight, Sutton Foster and the cast of Violet, Alan Cumming and the company of Cabaret, and Sting who will be performing a number from his musical The Last Ship, due on Broadway next season. Also look for excerpts from such nominated shows as Aladdin, Beautiful—The Carole King Musical, Bullets Over Broadway, A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder, Les Miserables, and Rocky as well as Wicked, celebrating its tenth anniversary.
In addition, appearances will be made by Bradley Cooper (The Elephant Man this fall), Kevin Bacon, Carole King, Maggie Gyllenhaal (The Real Thing next season), Will Ferrell, Liev Schreiber, Emmy Rossum, Kate Mara, Zachary Quinto (The Glass Menagerie), Zachary Levi (First Date), Lucy Liu (CBS’s Elementary), Clint Eastwood (director, film version of Jersey Boys), Patricia Clarkson (appearing opposite Cooper in The Elephant Man), Leighton Meester (Of Mice and Men), Ethan Hawke, Zach Braff (Bullets Over Broadway), Matt Bomer (HBO’s The Normal Heart), Anna Gunn, Gloria and Emilio Estefan (On Your Feet), Tony nominee Audra McDonald (Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill), Fran Drescher (Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella), Wayne Brady, Kenneth Branagh (Macbeth), Tony Goldwyn, Vera Farmiga and Alessandro Nivola (also appearing in The Elephant Man).