It's Broadway’s biggest night of the year: the 73rd Annual Tony Awards air on CBS June 9 beginning at 8 PM ET. Tony winner James Corden hosts the three-hour event; the star of CBS’ The Late Late Show first emceed the ceremony in 2016.
Presented by the Broadway League and the American Theatre Wing, the Tony Awards honor theatre professionals for distinguished achievement on Broadway.
Nominations for the 2019 Tonys were announced April 30. Leading the pack was the new musical Hadestown, which earned a total of 14 nominations. Trailing closely behind was Ain't Too Proud—The Life of the Temptations with 12. Joining the two titles in the coveted Best Musical category were Beetlejuice, The Prom, and Tootsie. Meanwhile, in Plays, The Ferryman and To Kill a Mockingbird racked up the most nominations with nine each, though only the former is up for Best Play. Rounding out that category are Choir Boy, Gary: A Sequel to Titus Andronicus, Ink, and What the Constitution Means to Me.
The celebration of Broadway's best actually begins a few hours before the CBS broadcast—on the Tony Awards Red Carpet. Playbill’s Ruthie Fierberg and Felicia Fitzpatrick will be on the carpet talking to this year’s nominees and special guests as they arrive, going live on Facebook around 5 PM.
A trio of stars from Broadway's upcoming Moulin Rouge! will co-host the 2019 Creative Arts Tony Awards, presented ahead of the 8 PM CBS broadcast. Aaron Tveit, Tony winner Karen Olivo, and Tony nominee Danny Burstein will emcee the ceremony, which includes the presentation of many of the honorary awards and technical categories.
Among those set to receive Special Tony Awards this year are Judith Light (Isabelle Stevenson Award); Rosemary Harris, Terrence McNally, and Harold Wheeler (Lifetime Achievement in the Theatre); the late Marin Mazzie, Jason Michael Webb, Sonny Tilders and Creature Technology Company (Special Tony Award); Broadway Inspirational Voices, Peter Entin, Joseph Blakely Forbes, and FDNY Engine 54 Ladder 4 Battalion 9 (Tony Honors for Excellence in Theatre); and Silicon Valley's TheatreWorks (Regional Theatre Tony Award).
Sara Bareilles and Josh Groban, who co-hosted last year's Tony Awards, will make appearances at this year's ceremony, along with Laura Benanti, Abigail Breslin, Kristin Chenoweth, Darren Criss, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Tina Fey, Sutton Foster, Josh Groban, Danai Gurira, Jake Gyllenhaal, Christopher Jackson, Samuel L. Jackson, Shirley Jones, Regina King, Jane Krakowski, Isabelle Stevenson Award recipient Judith Light, Laura Linney, Lucy Liu, Aasif Mandvi, Audra McDonald, Sienna Miller, Catherine O’Hara, Tony nominee Kelli O’Hara, Ben Platt, Billy Porter, Anthony Ramos, Andrew Rannells, LaTanya Richardson Jackson, Michael Shannon, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Marisa Tomei, Samira Wiley, and BeBe Winans.
Viewers can also expect performances by the casts of several nominated productions, including Ain’t Too Proud, Beetlejuice, The Cher Show, Choir Boy, Hadestown, Kiss Me, Kate, Oklahoma!, The Prom, and Tootsie. The broadcast will also feature a performance by Tony winner Cynthia Erivo.
Ricky Kirshner and Glenn Weiss of White Cherry Entertainment are the executive producers of the 2019 Tony Awards. Weiss also serves as director of the ceremony.
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