The Tonys start on CBS tonight (Sunday, June 10) at 8 p.m. PT and ET. While the telecast will go out live to TV viewers on the east coast, the show will be delayed for west coast theater fans. The ceremony takes place at Radio City Music Hall in Manhattan, just blocks away from Broadway. Two past Tony Awards nominees will be your hosts: Sara Bareilles (“Waitress”) and Josh Groban (“Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812”).
Among those tapped as Tony Awards presenters are Oscar winner Robert DeNiro, Grammy champ Billy Joel and Kennedy Center honoree Mikhail Baryshnikov. Emmy winners set to hand out these top theater honors include Uzo Aduba, Christine Baranski, Claire Danes, Jeff Daniels, Tina Fey, Tatiana Maslany, Jim Parsons and Amy Schumer.
Past Tony champs slated to return to the stage to name new winners include John Leguizamo, Patti LuPone, Kelli O’Hara, Bernadette Peters, Chita Rivera, Andrew Lloyd Webber and Marissa Jaret Winokur.
Also slated to appear are Melissa Benoist, Erich Bergen, Rachel Bloom, Matt Bomer, Titus Burgess, Brandon Victor Dixon, Armie Hammer, Christopher Jackson, Katharine McPhee, Matthew Morrison, Leslie Odom Jr., Zachary Quinto, Andrew Rannells, Kerry Washington and Ming-Na Wen.
Our official predictions have “The Band’s Visit” winning five Tonys, including the top prize of Best Musical. Another new tuner, “SpongeBob SquarePants,” will take two awards while the revival of the 1957 Best Musical champ “My Fair Lady” will claim four. (See the full list of predicted Tony Awards winners.)
On the play side of the aisle, “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” will win six Tonys, including Best Play and Director as well as a sweep of the four design awards. The revival of the Tony-winning “Angels in America” will claim three of the four acting awards (lead Andrew Garfield and featured performers Denise Gough and Nathan Lane). And Glenda Jackson will cap off her return to the Broadway stage in “Three Tall Women” after an absence of three decades with her first Tony win.
Part of the appeal of the Tonys telecast is a chance to see performances from the nominated shows. All four Best Musical contenders (“The Band’s Visit” “Frozen,” “Mean Girls” and “SpongeBob SquarePants”) will be showcased as will the three Best Musical Revival nominees (“Carousel,” “My Fair Lady” and “Once on This Island”).
Be sure to make your Tony Awards predictions today so that Broadway insiders can see how their shows and performers are faring in our odds. You can keep changing your predictions as often as you like until just before winners are announced on June 10. And join in the fun debate over the 2018 Tonys taking place right now in our theater forums. Read more Gold Derby entertainment news.