Tony Award Winners 2022: Updating List ; Special Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement. Angela Lansbury ; Isabelle Stevenson Award. Robert E. Wankel.
The Tony Awards will return to Radio City Music Hall on Sunday for the first time since the Covid-19 pandemic.
It's Broadway's biggest event of the year, celebrating the best theater on the Great White Way.
CBS will air the 75th Annual Tony Awards, live from Radio City Music Hall, on Sunday, June 12 at 5 p.m. PT/8 p.m. ET.
"West Side Story" star and Oscar winner Ariana DeBose is host of the show and spoke to CNN earlier this week about what to expect.
"I think I'm going to be doing what everyone thinks I'm going to do, which is sing dance and try to act and make it an extravaganza," she said laughing. "And maybe I'll surprise some folks too, who knows it's live from coast to coast ... and that's what makes it exciting. There's nothing like live theater."
A self-described fan of all things theater, DeBose said she turned to the past Tony Awards shows to prep for her role on Sunday.
"I have re-watched countless, countless Tony Award shows and I am no James Corden, I am certainly no Neil Patrick Harris or Hugh Jackman for that matter. And I am no Whoopi Goldberg, but I have been inspired by all of them," DeBose said. "I'm excited about it because it's a playground for me. I have never done this so I get to just sort of experiment and the good thing is that I love these people and I don't mind falling on my face and looking like a little bit of an idiot for people I love. So here we go!"
The Tony Awards are coming. So who’s going to win?
We’ll have to wait until Sunday to find out, but I pulled out my opinionated crystal ball, nonetheless. And so here’s a look at the likely winners in some major categories.
Will Win: “A Strange Loop.” Should win: “Girl From the North Country.”
This image released by Polk & Co. shows, from left, James Jackson, Jr., L. Morgan Lee, Antwayn Hopper, John-Andrew Morrison, Jaquel Spivey, Jason Veasey and John-Michael Lyles during a performance of "A Strange Loop." (Marc J. Franklin/AP)
This year’s best musical category is unusual: the two best musicals of the year are both niche attractions. But “Six,” the feminist pop parody involving the six wives of Henry VIII is too slight a show to merit the Tony Award, the brilliance of its conceptual idea notwithstanding. “Paradise Square” is an honorable entry but bedeviled by multiple writers and conceptual reboots. “Mr. Saturday Night” is great fun but, structurally speaking, doesn’t function as a full-blown musical. And for all its visual and musical prowess, “M.J. The Musical” lacks a sufficiently courageous book.
“A Strange Loop,” a deeply personal and brilliantly creative look inside the head and heart of a Black gay man, will be the insider’s choice and has the right politics for most Tony voters. But the show lacks multiple entry points and is sexually explicit enough to knock out a good portion of the Broadway and touring audience. “Girl From the North Country” is a melancholic musical, for sure, but revelatory when it comes to the world of jukebox shows. Intense, haunting, beautiful and existentially wise, it’s the best musical of the season.
Emmy Award-winners Darren Criss and Julianne Hough will co-host The Tony Awards: Act One at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT, an hour of exclusive content streaming live only on Paramount+ beginning 60 minutes prior to the live broadcast of the Tony Awards ceremony on CBS. Criss and Hough will kick off the evening celebrating the 2022 Tony Awards, bestowing multiple honors and introducing special performances throughout Act One.
Immediately following, Academy Award winner and Tony-nominee Ariana DeBose will host The 75th Annual Tony Awards, airing live coast-to-coast from Radio City Music Hall in New York on the CBS, and streaming live and on demand on Paramount+, beginning at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT.