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Everything You Need to Know About the 2019 Tony Awards

May 7, 2019 by Ali Bloomston
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It’s the most wonderful time of the year — actual Christmas in June for the theater community. With huge performance numbers from nominated shows to cameos from A-list celebrities, the Tony Awards have something for everyone, regardless of if you’re a Broadway insider or just flipping through the channels.

We’ve got all the details on the date, location, host and so much more for this years awards. So whether you’re already preparing for Broadway’s biggest night or you’re just curious what the Tony Awards are, read our handy guide below.

What are the Tony Awards?
Named for the famed actress Antoinette Perry, the Tony Awards are considered one of the highest honors for theater in the United States. However, they only go to Broadway shows, and there are many other awards that celebrate performances off Broadway like the Lucille Lortel Awards, the Obies, and the Drama Desk Awards. Also, each year, the Tony Awards only go to plays and musicals that opened that season (the season usually starts and ends in April).

When are the Tony Awards this year?
We’re so glad you asked, since we’ve literally been counting down the days to that glorious second Sunday in June. Mark your calendars: The 73rd Annual Tony Awards will be held on June 9 at 8pm ET.

Where are the Tony Awards this year?
The Tony Awards take place in New York City every June, and this year, the ceremony will be held at Radio City Music Hall. The legendary theater is also home to the Radio City rockettes and many concerts and performances throughout the year.

How do I watch the awards?
The Tony Awards will be broadcast live on CBS from 8-11PM. If you’re more of the streaming type (because who pays for cable these days?), you can watch live on CBS All Access.

Who is hosting this year?
The “Late Late Show” host and proud musical theater geek, James Corden, will revive his role as Tony Award host after emceeing the ceremony in 2016. He won an Emmy for his Tony hosting chops last time, so we’ll be in good hands for the night. He also won a Tony Award when he starred on Broadway in “One Man, Two Guvnors’ on Broadway in 2012.

Reeve Carney and Eva Noblezada in “Hadestown” on Broadway. (Photographed by Matthew Murphy)

Which shows are nominated this year?
From movie-based musicals, to jukebox jams, original works, and star-studded plays, there was a total of 25 shows that got some love from the Tony nominating committee. “Hadestown” leads with 14 nominations, with “Ain’t Too Proud —The Life of the Temptations” and “Tootsie” trailing right behind at 12 and 11 respectively. In the play categories, “The Ferryman” and “To Kill a Mockingbird” lead the pack with nine nominations each. See the full list of nominees here. Pro tip: Want to see a Tony-nominated show? Get your tickets now before they become even more expensive after the awards.

Adam Driver in “Burn This” on Broadway. (Photographed by Matthew Murphy)

Who was nominated?
If ever there were a season for a celeb spotting, it’s this one, with the likes of Adam Driver, Laurie Metcalf, Bryan Cranston, Annette Bening, Jeff Daniels, and Kelli O’Hara all nominated for top prizes. See the full list of nominees here.

Who is presenting awards this year?
The list of presenters hasn’t been announced yet, but if history is any indicator we predict it will be quite the line-up. Last year’s presenters included Tina Fey, Robert De Niro, Amy Schumer, Billy Joel, Amy Schumer, Christine Baranski and so many more.

Who is performing on the Tony Awards this year?
The performances haven’t been announced yet, but we’re pretty sure you can count on numbers for the Best Musical and Best Revival nominees. There are always some bonus performances as well.