Everything you need to know about Broadway's Biggest Night

By Mary Sollosi
June 07, 2018 at 09:00 AM EDT
type
  • Stage

The Oscars may be long gone, but that doesn’t mean awards season is behind us. Yes, that’s right, time to come on along and listen to the lullaby of Tonys night!

Whether you’re a super-savvy theatergoer who’s caught every nominated production multiple times or you’re just a small-town kid with great big far-off Broadway dreams, we’re here to help you join in on the excitement of this weekend’s ceremony. So read on for everything you need to know about the big show.

When are the Tony Awards?

The 72nd annual Tony Awards will be held this Sunday, June 10, at Radio City Music Hall in New York City. The show begins at 8 p.m. ET and will air live on the East Coast and on delay on the West Coast (where it will be shown at 8 p.m. PT) on CBS, which will also broadcast the red carpet beginning at 5 p.m. ET/PT. The telecast will also be available to stream on CBS All Access, and @TheTonyAwards will be sharing updates social media throughout the evening. For more details on the various ways to watch, head here.

Who’s hosting?

The American Theatre Wing has tapped a pair of singer-songwriters to emcee the 2018 ceremony (let’s all just forget about last year’s as soon as possible, please). Sara Bareilles, a 2016 Tony nominee for her Waitress score and soon-to-be Amazon TV songwriter, and Josh Groban, who was nominated last year for his Broadway debut in Natasha, Pierre, and the Great Comet of 1812, will team up to keep the show going.

Who’s performing?

The Boss, that’s who. Other than Bruce Springsteen, the show will include performances from the casts of the nominated shows The Band’s Visit, Carousel, Frozen, Mean Girls, My Fair Lady, Once on This Island, SpongeBob SquarePants: The Musical, and Summer: The Donna Summer Musical, as well as a special performance from last year’s Best Musical winner Dear Evan Hansen.

Who’s presenting?

The Tonys haven’t announced everyone who will step up to the podium this weekend, but the list of names they have divulged thus far includes this year’s nominees and honorees Tina Fey, John Leguizamo, Amy Schumer, Chita Rivera, and Andrew Lloyd Webber. Also making appearances will be Uzo Aduba, Christine Baranski, Mikhail Baryshnikov, Melissa Benoist, Rachel Bloom, Matt Bomer, Rachel Brosnahan, Tituss Burgess, Claire Danes, Jeff Daniels, Robert De Niro, Brandon Victor Dixon, Armie Hammer, Christopher Jackson, Billy Joel, Patti LuPone, Tatiana Maslany, Katharine McPhee, Matthew Morrison, Kelli O’Hara, Leslie Odom Jr., Jim Parsons, Bernadette Peters, Zachary Quinto, Andrew Rannells, Kerry Washington, Ming-Na Wen, and Marissa Jaret Winokur.

Who’s nominated?

It’s not Oct. 3, but you might as well call Tonys night Mean Girls Day — the musical based on the 2004 film led the pack, along with fellow screen-to-stage adaptation SpongeBob SquarePants: The Musical, among the nominated productions. Both shows snagged a dozen nods each, including ones for Best Musical, Best Book of a Musical, and Best Original Score.

The star-studded revival of Angels in America came in second place in the nomination count with 11 in total, getting notice for the performances of Andrew Garfield and Nathan Lane as well as a spot in the race for Best Revival of a Play. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts One and Two enchanted Tony voters as well, picking up 10 nods, including Best Play and three acting nods.

If you’re hoping to catch some celebrity action when you tune in to the telecast, keep an eye out for A-list nominees including Denzel Washington (for Eugene O’Neill’s The Iceman Cometh), Amy Schumer (for Meteor Shower), Tina Fey (for writing Mean Girls), Michael Cera (for Lobby Hero), Laurie Metcalf (for Edward Albee’s Three Tall Women), Mark Rylance (for Farinelli and The King), and Diana Rigg (for My Fair Lady). Andrew Lloyd Webber and Chita Rivera will be honored with Tony Awards for Lifetime Achievement, and Bruce Springsteen and John Leguizamo will both be presented with special Tony Awards.

We’ve listed the nominees in some of the major categories below. You can check out the full list of nods here, and read EW’s reviews of this year’s Tony-nominated shows here.

Best Play
The Children
Farinelli and The King
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts One and Two
Junk
Latin History for Morons

Best Musical
The Band’s Visit
Frozen
Mean Girls
SpongeBob SquarePants: The Musical

Best Revival of a Play
Angels in America
Edward Albee’s Three Tall Women
Eugene O’Neill’s The Iceman Cometh
Lobby Hero
Travesties

Best Revival of a Musical
My Fair Lady
Once On This Island
Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Carousel

Best Book of a Musical
The Band’s Visit
Frozen
Mean Girls
SpongeBob SquarePants: The Musical

Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre
Angels in America
The Band’s Visit
Frozen
Mean Girls
SpongeBob SquarePants: The Musical

Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play
Andrew Garfield, Angels in America
Tom Hollander, Travesties
Jamie Parker, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts One and Two
Mark Rylance, Farinelli and The King
Denzel Washington, Eugene O’Neill’s The Iceman Cometh

Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Play
Glenda Jackson, Edward Albee’s Three Tall Women
Condola Rashad, Saint Joan
Lauren Ridloff, Children of a Lesser God
Amy Schumer, Meteor Shower

Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical
Harry Hadden-Paton, My Fair Lady
Joshua Henry, Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Carousel
Tony Shalhoub, The Band’s Visit
Ethan Slater, SpongeBob SquarePants: The Musical

Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical
Lauren Ambrose, My Fair Lady
Hailey Kilgore, Once On This Island
LaChanze, Summer: The Donna Summer Musical
Katrina Lenk, The Band’s Visit
Taylor Louderman, Mean Girls
Jessie Mueller, Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Carousel

Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Play
Anthony Boyle, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts One and Two
Michael Cera, Lobby Hero
Brian Tyree Henry, Lobby Hero
Nathan Lane, Angels in America
David Morse, Eugene O’Neill’s The Iceman Cometh

Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Play
Susan Brown, Angels in America
Noma Dumezweni, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts One and Two
Deborah Findlay, The Children
Denise Gough, Angels in America
Laurie Metcalf, Edward Albee’s Three Tall Women

Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Musical
Norbert Leo Butz, My Fair Lady
Alexander Gemignani, Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Carousel
Grey Henson, Mean Girls
Gavin Lee, SpongeBob SquarePants: The Musical
Ari’el Stachel, The Band’s Visit

Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical
Ariana DeBose, Summer: The Donna Summer Musical
Renée Fleming, Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Carousel
Lindsay Mendez, Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Carousel
Ashley Park, Mean Girls
Diana Rigg, My Fair Lady

Hey, what about Frozen?!

Trust us, we know! We were shocked too when the crowd-pleasing Disney musical got just three nods, and none for its stars or dazzling designs. Other omissions from this year’s class of nominees included Chris Evans (for Lobby Hero), Joshua Jackson (Children of a Lesser God), and Erika Henningsen (Mean Girls’ Cady Heron) — check out our full list of snubs and surprises right here if you really want really feel some outrage.

type
  • Stage
Complete Coverage
Advertisement

Comments



EDIT POST