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Stephen Colbert, Patti LuPone and Alec Baldwin are some of the big stars who will be performing at this year's Tony Awards on Sunday night. Other Hollywood names, like Frances McDormand and Al Pacino, were nominated for Best Actress and Actor (for their leading roles in "Good People" and "The Merchant of Venice.") But new productions and lesser-known actors and actresses will probably be spending more time on the Beacon Theatre stage this year.
"The Book of Mormon," a new musical from the creators of South Park and "Avenue Q," swept the Tony nominations, landing 14. "The Scottsboro Boys," a production based on the trial of nine black teenage boys accused of rape in Alabama in 1931, came in second with 12 nods. Lesser known actors like Joe Mantello in "The Normal Heart," Arian Moayed in "Benghal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo," and Bobby Cannavale in "The Motherfu**er with the Hat" all got nominated for best actor performances in leading or featured roles.
The Tony awards will be presented from 8 to 11 P.M. on Sunday at the Beacon. The ceremony will feature performances from the Tony-nominated musicals: "Anything Goes," featuring Sutton Foster, "Catch Me If You Can," with Norbert Leo Butz and Aaron Tveit, "How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying," featuring Daniel Radcliff (of Harry Potter fame) and John Laroquette (of Night Court fame), "Sister Act," featuring Patina Miller, "The Book of Mormon," featuring Andrew Rannells, and "The Scottsboro Boys," featuring Joshua Henry.
Other big names who will appear or perform include Neil Patrick Harris (the evening's host), Christina Hendricks, Martha Plimpton, Christie Brinkley, Matthew Broderick, Harry Connick, Jr., Whoopi Goldberg, Kelsey Grammer, Samuel J. Jackson, James Earl Jones, Angela Lansbury, David Hyde Pierce, Vanessa Redgrave, Chris Rock, Brook Shields, Robin Williams and Catherine Zeta-Jones.
WNYC will host a live chat during the awards, beginning at 7:30 P.M.