This year's nominees for Best Direction of a Play include Lileana Blain-Cruz (The Skin of Our Teeth), Camille A. Brown (for colored girls who have considered suicide/when the rainbow is enuf), Sam Mendes (The Lehman Trilogy), Neil Pepe (American Buffalo), and Les Waters (Dana H.). Both Blain-Cruz and Brown earned nominations for their Broadway directorial debuts.
Check out photos of this year's Tony nominees for Best Direction of a Play:
Following last year's two-part broadcast shared by CBS and Paramount+, the 2022 Tony Awards will include an hour of exclusive programming streaming on Paramount+ June 12 from 7 PM ET, followed by the three-hour awards ceremony airing live on CBS and streaming simultaneously on Paramount+ (for premium-level subscribers only) from 8 PM ET, making this year's ceremony the first in Tony Awards history to be available live nationwide. The broadcast will also be available to stream on demand on Paramount+ for all membership tiers following the live stream. Oscar winner Ariana DeBose will host the awards ceremony, with the initial hour set to be hosted by POTUS' Julianne Hough and American Buffalo's Darren Criss.
Ahead of the ceremony, Broadway fans can participate in the Official Tony Awards Challenge, which officially opened May 9 at 2 PM ET. Participants are invited to predict the winners for a chance at winning a number of prizes, including this year's grand prize of 75 free Broadway tickets. The challenge officially closes June 12 at 3 PM ET.
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