The 2018 Tony Awards will be handed out on Sunday night, June 10, at Radio City Music Hall in New York City, and CBS has announced the first round of presenters. Uzo Aduba, Matt Bomer, Claire Danes, Armie Hammer, Tatiana Maslany, Leslie Odom Jr., Jim Parsons, Andrew Rannells and Zachary Quinto will take the stage at the 72nd annual event honoring the best in Broadway theater.
Bomer, Parsons, Rannells and Quinto star in the new Broadway production of “The Boys in the Band,” which premieres at the Booth Theater on May 31 for a limited run that is scheduled to end on August 11. This is Bomer’s Broadway debut, though he previously appeared on the rialto in 2011 for a special reading of “8” about the overturning of California’s Proposition 8, which had banned same-sex marriage in the state.
Quinto previously appeared in a 2013 Broadway production of “The Glass Menagerie.” Rannells is a two-time nominee for his leading role in the musical “The Book of Mormon” (2011) and his featured role in the musical “Falsettos” (2017). And Parsons starred in “The Normal Heart,” “Harvey” and “An Act of God.” Parsons and Bomer also earned Emmy nominations for their performances in the HBO adaptation of “Normal Heart.”
Hammer recently earned critical acclaim and a Golden Globe nomination for his performance in the 2017 romantic drama “Call Me by Your Name.” And he’ll be headed to the Great White Way in July when he makes his Broadway debut in the original play “Straight White Men” written by Young Jean Lee.
Danes is best known for her work on TV in shows like “My So-Called Life” and “Homeland,” and has won three Emmys to date in her career. But she did appear on Broadway in the play “Pygmalion” in 2007. Maslany doesn’t have any Broadway credits, though she will be appearing off-Broadway this summer in the Tracy Letts play “Mary Page Marlowe.” Like Danes, Maslany is an Emmy winner, having prevailed for her performance as multiple cloned characters in “Orphan Black.”
Aduba made Broadway appearances in “Coram Boy” and “Godspell” before her Emmy winning breakout role in Netflix’s “Orange is the New Black.” And Odom is known for his work on stage and on screen. He won a Tony in 2016 for Best Actor in a Musical for playing Aaron Burr in “Hamilton.”
Who are you most excited to see on the Tonys stage? And who do you think will win the awards they’ll be handing out?
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