Tony Awards to be Packed with Stars and Entertainment

Tony Awards to Be Packed with Stars and Entertainment

Live from Radio City Music Hall, the 71st Annual Tony Awards will broadcast this Sunday, June 11th at 8:00 PM (ET /PT time delay).
The yearly awards ceremony celebrating the best in Broadways plays and musicals will air on CBS. Presented by the Broadway League and the American Theatre Wing, the star-studded event will feature a bevy of performances from some of Broadway’s most critically acclaimed shows of the 2016-2017 season.

The show-stopping performances include the casts of Bandstand, Come From Away, Dear Evan Hansen, Falsettos, Groundhog Day The Musical, Hello, Dolly!, Miss Saigon, Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812, and War Paint. Additional performances will come from The Radio City Rockettes and Tony Award winners Cynthia Erivo (The Color Purple) and Leslie Odom Jr.  (Hamilton). The event will be hosted by past Tony-winner Kevin Spacey (Lost in Yonkers).

Scott Bakula, Sara Bareilles, Orlando Bloom, Rachel Bloom, Glenn Close, Stephen Colbert, Brian d’Arcy James, Tina Fey, Sutton Foster, Josh Gad, Whoopi Goldberg, Jonathan Groff, Mark Hamill, Taraji P. Henson, Christopher Jackson, Allison Janney, Scarlett Johansson, Anna Kendrick, Keegan-Michael Key, Nick Kroll, John Legend, John Lithgow, Patina Miller, Lin-Manuel Miranda, John Mulaney, David Oyelowo, Chazz Palminteri, Sarah Paulson, Lea Salonga, Tom Sturridge, Tommy Tune, Olivia Wilde, and 2017 Tony Nominees Sally Field, Josh Groban, Bette Midler and Ben Platt are also expected to be on hand for appearances.

Squaring-off in the Best Musical category are Come From Away, Dear Evan Hansen, Groundhog Day, and Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812. In the Best Play category, there is A Doll’s House, Part 2; Indecent, Oslo, and Sweat. Falsettos, Hello, Dolly!, and Miss Saigon are in competition for the Best Revival of a Musical category, while Jitney, The Little Foxes, Six Degrees of Separation, and Present Laughter spar for the Best Revival of a Play award. For a complete list of the nominees visit www.tonyawards.com.

The Tony Awards honors theatre professionals for distinguished achievement on Broadway. A yearly-tradition, the ceremony has been broadcast on CBS since 1978.

Mark Robinson is the author of the two-volume encyclopedia The World of Musicals and maintains a theater and entertainment blog at markrobinsonwrites.com.