Backstage: Rehearsing for the Tony Awards as presented by: Wall Street Journal

Host Neil Patrick Harris and cast members from “Chicago,” “Pippin,” and other Broadway productions rehearsed Thursday at Radio City Music Hall in New York, N.Y., for the 67th Annual Tony Awards, airing live Sunday night. Glenn Weiss and Ricky Kirshner, executive producers of the Tonys, describe the event as an “adrenaline profession” that involves choreographing hundreds of performers in just five weeks between the nominations and the ceremony. The opening number this year will include performers from many of the shows — each show gets “four counts of eight” music bars, said Diane Paulus, director of “Pippin.” Four-time host, Neil Patrick Harris, said this year’s opening performance will be a celebration of Broadway. Photographer Bryan Derballa, on assignment for The Wall Street Journal, visited Thursday’s rehearsal to capture these behind the scenes images.

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