Tony Season is almost upon us, that glorious time of year where the Broadway community and theatre fans the world over celebrate the best of the season in Broadway plays and musicals. This year’s Tony nominations will be announced May 1st toward an award ceremony set for June 10th on CBS. The nominees will be revealed live from The New York Public Library for Performing Arts at Lincoln Center.
Co-Hosting the announcement ceremony of this season’s nominees will be Tony-winner Leslie Odom, Jr. (Hamilton) and Broadway’s current star of the musical Waitress, Katharine McPhee. Also in attendance will be David Henry Hwang, Chairman of the American Theatre Wing; Heather Hitchens, President & CEO of the American Theatre Wing; Thomas Schumacher, Chairman of The Broadway League; Charlotte St. Martin, President of The Broadway League.
For those interested in watching the ceremony, it will stream live on May 1, 8:30 AM (ET) at TonyAwards.com and Facebook. CBS This Morning will also air the event as part of its morning program. Follow the Tony Awards on Twitter and Instagram for real-time updates on the nominees as they are announced. The entire announcement will also be available on TonyAwards.com after the event.
The Tony Awards, (officially known as the Antoinette Perry Awards), have been handed out as a recognition for excellence in Broadway Theatre since 1947. These accolades have celebrated the best in theatrical acting, writing, directing, choreographing, design, often establishing a theatrical piece’s or person’s long-term legacy with a win. Over the years, categories have come and gone, just as theatre has evolved in new and exciting directions. This year marks the 72nd Tony Awards ceremony.
Mark Robinson is the author of the two-volume encyclopedia The World of Musicals and maintains a theater and entertainment blog at markrobinsonwrites.com