When producers asked Alan Cumming to host the Tony Awards this year, his heart sank. Then they said, “with Kristin Chenoweth” and he said, “Oh, all right!”

His partner on Sunday said she had the same reaction: “I was like, ‘Hallelujah!’ It felt like I’d struck gold.”

Tony producers are hoping they’ve struck it too with the intriguing pairing of Cumming and Chenoweth, a break from the shifts done in the past by the likes of Neil Patrick Harris or Hugh Jackman.

The addition of two hosts instead of one is in step with a show that has amped up the number of musical numbers and celebrities.

In addition to 11 performances and the handing out of 24 competitive Tonys, the three-hour telecast will feature appearances by stars like Jennifer Lopez, Sting, Jim Parsons, Amanda Seyfried and Ashley Tisdale, and a stunt: Josh Groban will try to lead the most performers in a single number in Tony history.

Producers are hoping to beat last year’s of 7.02 million viewers, a dip from 2013’s 7.24 million. Getting buzz from appearing on the telecast can really dictate a show’s future, both on Broadway and on the road.

Those tuning in will see musical numbers from the seven nominated new and revival musicals, including “Ring of Keys” from “Fun Home,” medleys from “The King and I” and “On the 20th Century,” two songs from “The Visit,” a Leonard Bernstein medley from “On the Town” and three snippets from the Gershwins’ “An American in Paris.”

Associated Press