2019 Tony Awards: 1st 12 presenters announced, including past winners Audra McDonald, Ben Platt and more

The first round of presenters for the 73rd Annual Tony Awards have been announced. 12 names are featured in this list revealed on Thursday, including past Tony nominees and winners. They will help hand out Broadway’s highest honors during the June 9th ceremony hosted by James Corden that airs on CBS.

Past Tony Award winners presenting this year include:

-Sutton Foster: A two-time Tony winner for “Thoroughly Modern Millie” and “Anything Goes.” She will next appear on Broadway in the upcoming revival of “The Music Man” opposite Hugh Jackman

-Audra McDonald: McDonald holds the record for most Tony wins by any performer, with six statues to her name. She is currently starring in the revival of Terrence McNally’s “Frankie and Johnny at the Clair de Lune.”

-Ben Platt: Platt recently took the Lead Actor in a Musical prize for “Dear Evan Hansen.”

-Billy Porter: A winner for his diva turn as drag queen Lola in “Kinky Boots.” He picked up a Golden Globe nomination this year for his role in FX’s “Pose.”

Past Tony nominees include:

-Tina Fey: Fey was nominated for Book of a Musical for the stage adaptation of “Mean Girls”

-LaTanya Richardson Jackson: She was nominated for her lead turn in the Tony winning revival of “A Raisin in the Sun”

-Laura Linney: A four-time nominee, most recently for “The Little Foxes.” She will appear on Broadway this season in “My Name is Lucy Barton.”

-Andrew Rannells: A two-time nominee for “The Book or Mormon” and “Falsettos.”

Michael Shannon: A previous nominee for “Long Day’s Journey Into Night.” He currently stars in “Frankie and Johnny at the Clair de Lune” opposite Audra McDonald.

Other presenters include:

-Darren Criss: Criss has appeared on Broadway in “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying” and “Hedwig and the Angry Inch.”

-Samuel L. Jackson: Jackson portrayed Martin Luther King Jr. on Broadway in “The Mountaintop.”

-Regina King: King recently won an Academy Award for “If Beale Street Could Talk” and is a three-time Emmy Award winner.

As was previously announced, Corden will take up hosting duties for the ceremony for the second time. The ceremony will once again take place in the historic Radio City Music Hall. The telecast is presented by Tony Award Productions, which is a joint venture of the Broadway League and the American Theatre Wing, which founded the Tonys.

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