"Surprise Oprah! A Farewell Spectacular" highlight sheet

(Michael Tercha, Chicago Tribune / May 17, 2011)

"The Oprah Winfrey Show" taped two shows on May 17 at Chicago's United Center.

Featuring the biggest stars in movies, television and music, the shows were a surprise for Oprah Winfrey from "The Oprah Winfrey Show" producers.

The shows will air on Monday, May 23 and Tuesday, May 24 (check local listings).

The tapings included (in the order in which they appeared):

Tom Hanks, who hosted the first hour

Tom Cruise introduced a musical performance of "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" with Jackie Evancho, Josh Groban and Patti LaBelle

Madonna, who spoke about the impact of "The Oprah Winfrey Show" on women around the world

Dakota Fanning, joined by 60 girls, spoke about the show's influence on young girls

Beyoncé, who performed her new song "Girls"

Diane Sawyer, who announced that Target will build 25 school libraries in Ms. Winfrey's honor, stocked with books donated by today's audience, and outside each library will be an oak tree from Davey Trees, plus another 25,000 trees nationwide

Halle Berry, Queen Latifah and Katie Holmes, who saluted "Oprah" show viewers who have made a difference in the lives of others

Rascal Flatts, who performed their song "I Won't Let Go" to close the first show

Will Smith and wife Jada Pinkett Smith, who hosted the second hour

Sports legend and former Chicago Bull Michael Jordan, who delivered a special message to Oprah

Jamie Foxx, who performed "Isn't She Lovely?" with surprise musical guest Stevie Wonder

Jerry Seinfeld, who brought laughs to the United Center with his perspective on the "Oprah" show

Simon Cowell, who cleverly and candidly introduced a musical act filled with originality featuring Rosie O'Donnell, Dr. Phil McGraw, Nate Berkus and Dr. Mehmet Oz, who performed a special version of the song "Fever"

Longtime friends Gayle King and Maria Shriver, who spoke about Winfrey's impact on education, and specifically 64,688 people who have received education through the efforts of her show and Foundations.

Tyler Perry, who spoke about Winfrey's scholarships for men who attended Morehouse College

Kristin Chenoweth, who sang "Change for Good," as 300 Morehouse men who were recipients of scholarships from Winfrey filed into the United Center

Dr. Maya Angelou, who read a poem she wrote in honor of Winfrey, accompanied by Alicia Keys on piano, who also performed part of her song "Superwoman"

Aretha Franklin, who brought the house to its feet with her rendition of "Amazing Grace"

Usher, who closed the show with "Oh Happy Day"

Partners and sponsors of "Surprise Oprah! A Farewell Spectacular" include Target, Dove, Citi, Sprint, P & G, Kleenex, Marriott, United Airlines, Davey Trees and Lowe's. Further information is available at Oprah.com.