Jennifer Jason Leigh and Steven Weber are set to announce the 56th Annual Tony Award nominations Monday May 6.
Leigh, who is currently starring in the Pulitzer Prize-winning Proof, and Weber, who just took over Matthew Broderick's role in The Producers, will announce this year's nominations at 8:30 AM at Sardi's Restaurant on West 44th Street.
The naming of Weber and Leigh to announce the 2002 Tony Award nominees continues a new Tony tradition, which was started last year—to have the nominees read by star replacements of Broadway shows. (Their respective works also won the Best Musical and Best Play Tonys, respectively, last year.
The American Theatre Wing's 56th Annual Antoinette Perry "Tony" Awards will be broadcast live from Radio City Music Hall on Sunday, June 2. PBS stations begin the national telecast at 8 PM EST with "The First Ten Awards: Tonys 2002," produced for PBS by Thirteen/WNET New York. CBS will televise "The 2002 Tony Awards" beginning at 9 PM.
The eligibility cut-off date for the 2002 Tony Awards is May 1. Legitimate theatrical productions opening in any of 39 eligible Broadway theatres during the current season are considered for Tony nominations. The Tony nominations will be available on Playbill On-Line. — By Andrew Gans