In addition to the regularly scheduled slate of Broadway shows that will sample their musical wares on this year’s Tony Awards broadcast, EW has learned four-time multiplatinum singer Josh Groban will take the stage for a special performance during this year’s 69th annual ceremony on June 7 on CBS.
The clear tie-in: Groban recently released Stages, his first studio album comprised entirely of Broadway standards (plus a few treats from elsewhere on stage and screen). The album consists of a variety of theatre classics, including Chess, Les Miserables, A Chorus Line, The Phantom of the Opera and Into the Woods. (Groban previewed a few songs when he accompanied EW to New York hotspot Marie’s Crisis in April.)
This year’s Tonys will also include previously announced performances from Brian d’Arcy James, Christian Borle, and Brad Oscar (Something Rotten!); Chita Rivera (The Visit); Kelli O’Hara and Ken Watanabe (The King and I); Vanessa Hudgens (Gigi); Matthew Morrison and Kelsey Grammer (Finding Neverland); Tyne Daly (It Shoulda Been You); and the casts of On the Town, Fun Home and An American in Paris. Additional performers will be announced soon. The show’s first batch of presenters was announced last week.
Not unlike the Oscars, the Tony Awards often include at least one “special” performance beyond just the nominated shows—last year, for instance, Jennifer Hudson offered a preview of Finding Neverland; in 2013, it was Cyndi Lauper performing “True Colors” for the In Memoriam.
The ceremony will be hosted by Kristin Chenoweth (who has also been announced to perform) and Alan Cumming (who has not been formally announced to perform, but…well, come on).