The 70th annual edition of the Tony Awards will be telecast on CBS tonight (Sunday, June 12) at 8 p.m. PT and ET. While the kudocast will go out live to TV viewers on the east coast, the show will be delayed for west coast fans. The ceremony takes place at the Beacon Theater on Manhattan’s Upper West Side and will be hosted by 2012 Tony champ James Corden (“One Man, Two Guvnors”) who now has his own talker on the Tiffany network.
Among tuners, “Hamilton” leads with 16 nominations. Our 13 Tony Awards experts (journalists who cover the Broadway beat year-round) predict that it will win at least eight Tony Awards: Best Musical, a pair of prizes for creator Lin-Manuel Miranda (Score, Book), Director (Thomas Kail), Featured Actor (Daveed Diggs),Featured Actress (Renee Elise Goldsberry), Orchestrations and Lighting Design.
Among the other five races in which “Hamilton” contends, it could take Actor (both Miranda and his on-stage nemesis Leslie Odom are nominated), Choreography, Costume Design and Scenic Design but Phillipa Soo has little hope to win Actress. That award is expected to go to Cynthia Erivo for “The Color Purple,” which is also predicted to take Best Musical Revival.
Over on the play side, “The Humans” should do well, winning Best Play as well as both featured acting awards (Reed Birney, Jayne Houdyshell). The race for Director is split between its helmer, Joe Mantello, and Ivo Van Hove for “A View From the Bridge,” which is predicted to win Best Play Revival.
Jessica Lange is predicted to take the Actress award for “Long Day’s Journey into Night” (thereby becoming the 22nd performer to win an Oscar, Emmy and Tony) while three-time Tony champ Frank Langella has the edge in Actor for “The Father.” However, the three design awards for plays are some of the most hotly contested races of the year. (Read more about those here.)
There will be performances from the five Best Musical nominees (“Bright Star,” “Hamilton,” “School of Rock,” “Shuffle Along” and “Waitress”), the four Best Musical Revival contenders (“The Color Purple,” “Fiddler on the Roof,” “She Loves Me” and “Spring Awakening) and “On Your Feet,” which tells the story of Gloria Estefan and was nominated for Best Choreography.
Among the presenters are a trio of Oscar winners (Cate Blanchett, Common and Barbra Streisand), a slew of past Tony champs — Christian Borle, Neil Patrick Harris,Nikki M. James, James Earl Jones, Nathan Lane, Angela Lansbury, Audra McDonald, Patina Miller, Bebe Neuwirth, Chita Rivera and Andrew Lloyd Webber — and Emmy winners Uzo Aduba, Claire Danes, Sean Hayes, and Oprah Winfrey.
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