The Tonys will have a major burst of star power this year.
Clint Eastwood, Carole King and Bradley Cooper are among the presenters at the June 8 ceremony that honors Broadway's best. The three-hour telecast starts at 8 p.m. on CBS.
Eastwood has directed the film version of the Tony-winning musical "Jersey Boys."
King is the focus of "Beautiful," a Tony-nominated musical about her life.
Cooper will star with Patricia Clarkson, another presenter, in the Broadway revival of "The Elephant Man" in the fall.
Other announced presenters include Kevin Bacon, Matt Bomer, Orlando's Wayne Brady, Zach Braff, Kenneth Branagh, Fran Drescher, Emilio Estefan, Gloria Estefan, Vera Farmiga, Will Ferrell, Tony Goldwyn, Anna Gunn, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Ethan Hawke, Zachary Levi, Lucy Liu, Kate Mara, Audra McDonald, Leighton Meester, Alessandro Nivola, Zachary Quinto, Emmy Rossum and Liev Schreiber.
Many of this year's nominees are familiar to TV viewers. "Private Practice" star McDonald could make Tony history if she wins a sixth time; she is a nominee for playing Billie Holiday in "Lady Day at Emerson's Bar and Grill." She is competing with Emmy winners Tyne Daly ("Mothers and Sons") and Cherry Jones ("The Glass Menagerie").
Bryan Cranston of "Breaking Bad" is the favorite for actor in a play for portraying Lyndon Johnson in "All the Way." A fellow nominee is "Monk" star Tony Shalhoub for "Act One."
Neil Patrick Harris of "How I Met Your Mother" is the favorite for musical actor for the revival of "Hedwig and the Angry Inch," a huge box-office hit. The chance to see Harris as you've never seen him is one reason to watch this year.
Hugh Jackman will return as Tony host.Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun