A Sneak a Peek at the 68th Annual Tony Awards

16 days until this year’s Tony Awards!

We can hardly wait, so we’ve been making some predictions to pass the time. Sure, we’ve spent some time debating which nominee will take home the Tony for our favorite category, Best Choreography. (Will it be Bullets Over Broadway, Rocky, Aladdin, or After Midnight???) But what we really care about is the ceremony itself. I mean, no one knows how to put on a spectacular awards show quite like a room full of Broadway’s brightest. We’re dying to know: Who’s gonna open the ceremony? What excerpts will the nominated shows choose to perform? What other celebs can we expect to see up on that stage?

Well just this morning, Michael Riedel of The New York Post filled us in on some of the deets:

After Midnight will open the show—a coveted honor.

Virgil "Lil' O" Gadson, Karine Plantadit and Company in Broadway's "After Midnight" (photo by Matthew Murphy)

Virgil “Lil’ O” Gadson (center) and Karine Plantadit (right) dance it out in After Midnight (photo by Matthew Murphy)

Jessie Mueller of Beautiful: The Carole King Musical will perform a song from the musical. (Hopeful rumors suggest Carole King will join her.)

Jessie Mueller in Beautiful: The Carole King Musical (photo by AP)

Jessie Mueller in Beautiful: The Carole King Musical (photo by AP)

And Sting will preview a couple of songs from his upcoming musical The Last Ship.

(Photo by Frank Ockenfels)

(Photo by Frank Ockenfels)

We still have so many questions, though. Most importantly, will we get to see “Friend Like Me” from Aladdin? (Please, Disney, please!)

Friend-like-mePlus, there’s rumor of some sort of mega-finale, featuring the casts of all the nominated musicals. Not sure what that’s about, but we have high hopes!

Make sure to tune in to the 68th Annual Tony Awards—airing June 8 on CBS at 8pm EST—to see what other surprises are in store.

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