[WATCH] Tony Awards nominations announcement live: Will ‘Hamilton’ set a record?

Nominations for the 70th annual Tony Awards will be announced on Tuesday (May 3) at 8:30 a.m. ET from the Diamond Horseshoe at the Paramount Hotel in midtown Manhattan. Two of the original cast of “The Book of Mormon” — Tony winner Nikki M. James and nominee Andrew Rannells — will unveil the contenders in the two dozen competitive categories. Bookmark this post and be sure to come back for the live announcement. 

The 50 members of the nominating committee met Monday evening to determine the eventual slate by secret ballot. Expect to hear “Hamilton” quite a few times. Indeed, this tuner has the potential to set a new Tony Awards record as it could reap upwards of 17 nominations. That would shatter the benchmark set by “The Producers” back in 2001 when it earned 15 bids. It went on to win a record 12 races.

One of this year’s honorees for lifetime achievement is lyricist Sheldon Harnick, who is represented on the rialto this season with productions of two of his most celebrated shows: “Fiddler on the Roof” and “She Loves Me.” Both are expected to contend for Best Musical Revival as well as in numerous other races.

“Late, Late Show” host James Corden, who won a Tony in 2012 for his comic turn in “One Man, Two Guvnors,” will preside over the June 12 awardsfest, which will air live on CBS from the Beacon Theatre on Manhattan’s Upper West Side. Because this venue is significantly smaller than the Tonys traditional home at Radio City Music Hall, there will be no tickets sold to the public.

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