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    Curtain Time for Neil Patrick Harris, Dolly, Elton, Poison & Tonys!

    Neil Patrick Harris, Anne Hathaway, Elton John, Bret Michaels Nancy Kaszerman/ZumaPress.com, Stephan Lovekin/Getty Images, Chris Delmas/ZumaPress.com, Jo Hale/Getty Images

    If you thought all the stars singing and dancing at the Oscars was impressive, wait until you see the star power in tonight's Tony opener.

    Pretty much all we can tell you is that Anne Hathaway, who opened the movie awards show with Hugh Jackman in February, will be sitting up close and personal at Radio City Music Hall as she's shown how it's done.

    We know. We saw the dress rehearsal.

    Here's what else we know...

    We weren't kidding when we told you Friday that Poison—including the Rock of Love god Bret Michaels—would be taking the stage with the cast of Rock of Ages. Ditto Elton John, Dolly Parton and Liza Minnelli.

    • Neil Patrick Harris is just as funny as you'd expect. Watch for him to point out how other shows can benefit from the Obamas like Joe Turner's Come and Gone has. (Barack of Ages, anyone?)

    Fellow Lead Actress in a Musical nominees Allison Janney (9 to 5: The Musical) and Sutton Foster (Shrek) are totally friendsies! We watched as they greeted each other early in the morning with a big hug. Gotta love that!

    God of Carnage costars and Lead Actor in a Play nominees James Gandolfini and Jeff Daniels have reason to be concerned about getting tongue-tied when they present the Best Featured Actress in a Play award. It took the Dumb & Dumber star three tries to nail Reasons to Be Pretty star Marin Ireland's name and the Sopranos don a second go to pronounce Blithe Spirit, for which ol' Miss Murder She Wrote Angela Lansbury is nominated.

    Anticipate ample Constantine Maroulis jokes. We'll agree he's an easy target.

    The Shrek cast will be performing the most impressive number from its show, "Welcome to Dulac," where you'll see Best Featured Actor in a Musical nominee, Christopher Sieber, do his singing and dancing Lord Farquaad entirely on his knees. It's quite a feat!

    • Will Ferrell will be funny. But you knew that.

    Something you won't see tonight: During commercial breaks, the lucky peeps inside Radio City Music Hall will be privy to a number of entertaining videos, including a reel of Shrek characters, such as the Sugar Plum Fairy, auditioning for other shows. You really haven't lived until you see the Three Pigs do Billy Elliot or the Big Bad Wolf sing "Take Me Out Tonight" from Rent.

    The Tony Awards air live from Radio City Music Hall tonight on CBS at 8 p.m. E.T. (tape delayed on the West Coast).

    Want more? Check out our 2009 Tony Nominees gallery and make sure you're following us on Twitter @eonline, where we'll be tweeting live from Radio City in a matter of hours!

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