Get all the details on Broadway’s biggest night

By Mary Sollosi
June 08, 2016 at 12:00 PM EDT
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Tony night is almost upon us! Whether you’re a hardcore theater obsessive, a casual Hamilton listener, or just a curious TV watcher who couldn’t tell Bernadette Peters apart from Patti LuPone if your life depended on it, the biggest awards show on the Great White Way is worth checking out. Want to tune in, but unsure when to do that, where it’s airing, or what you’ll even be watching? Worry not! We’ve got answers to all of your questions about Broadway’s Biggest Night right here.

What time are the Tonys?

The American Theatre Wing’s 70th annual Tony Awards will take place on Sunday, June 12. The ceremony, which will be held at the Beacon Theatre in Manhattan, will air live on CBS at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT. If you want to catch your favorite Broadway stars as they hit the red carpet in their Tony finery, there will be a live webcast of the arrivals on starting at 5:30 p.m. ET/2:30 p.m. PT; when the show begins two and a half hours later, it will switch to a live press room webcast.

Who’s hosting?

James Corden, host of The Late Late Show (also on CBS) and a Tony winner himself, is taking over hosting duties for the Broadway extravaganza. In anticipation of the big night, Corden drove Lin-Manuel Miranda, Audra McDonald, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, and Jane Krakowski all around New York for a special Broadway edition of Carpool Karaoke.

Who’s presenting?

Many of Broadway’s best and brightest (a category that often overlaps with Hollywood’s best and brightest) will be on hand to hand out the awards. So far, the list of announced presenters includes Barbra Streisand, Oprah Winfrey, Cate Blanchett, Steve Martin, Angela Lansbury, James Earl Jones, Edie Brickell, Carole King, Audra McDonald, Andrew Rannells, Claire Danes, Saoirse Ronan, Jake Gyllenhaal, Uzo Aduba, Neil Patrick Harris, Patina Miller, Sean Hayes, Diane Lane, Lucy Liu, Nathan Lane, Daniel Dae Kim, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Marlee Matlin, and Blair Underwood.

Who’s performing?

CBS announced the full lineup of performers on Wednesday, and the casts of all the shows nominated for Best Musical and Best Revival of a Musical are slated to perform. That includes the talented stars of Hamilton, Waitress, Spring Awakening, and School of Rock, among others. You can check out the full list of performers here.

Who’s nominated?

Lin-Manuel Miranda’s historical hip-hop musical Hamilton collected the most nominations with a record-breaking 16 in total, including for Best Musical, Book of a Musical, Original Score, and seven nods across all four musical acting categories. The nominees for some of the biggest categories are below, and you can find the complete list of nominations here.

Best Play


The Father

The Humans

King Charles III

Best Musical

Bright Star


School of Rock — The Musical

Shuffle Along, Or the Making of the Musical Sensation of 1921 and All That Followed


Best Revival of a Play

Arthur Miller’s The Crucible

Arthur Miller’s A View from the Bridge


Long Day’s Journey Into Night

Noises Off

Best Revival of a Musical

The Color Purple

Fiddler on the Roof

She Loves Me

Spring Awakening

So Hamilton is going to win everything, right?

Whoa, not so fast! While it’s true that the smash musical about the 10-dollar Founding Father without a father broke the record for nominations and has been picking up awards and accolades nonstop — including a Pulitzer Prize for Drama — you’re going to have to wait for it. We’re helpless to tell you who wins, who cries, who takes the Tony until Sunday, but let’s just say we wouldn’t be surprised if Hamilton were to rise up — and maybe even break another Tony record. Satisfied?

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