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NBC sets Tony Bennett 80th b-day special

June 28, 2006 at 4:13 PM   |   Comments

NEW YORK, June 28 (UPI) -- NBC has announced the lineup for an 80th birthday special in honor of U.S. crooner Tony Bennett featuring a dozen music and showbiz stars.

The music portion of the event, titled "Tony Bennett: An American Classic," will feature Elton John, Stevie Wonder, k.d. lang and violinist Pinchas Zukerman, among others.

Robert De Niro, Billy Crystal and Catherine Zeta-Jones will also be featured.

The New York Daily News reports the show will be directed by Rob Marshall, the director of the movie "Chicago," who will also be executive producer.

Many of the artists signed to the birthday show are also featured in a new album of duets with Bennett due out soon.

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