After a difficult year-plus of Broadway shutdowns and uncertainty about the way forward for reside theater, the 74th Tony Awards really feel extra necessary than ever. This yr, a two-part ceremony will air from the Winter Backyard Theater on September 26, and honor the excellent performances of the 2019-2020 Broadway season.
The reveals being celebrated on Sunday embody the Alanis Morissette jukebox musical Jagged Little Capsule, Jeremy O. Harris’s transcendent Slave Play (which, with 12 nominations, has grow to be essentially the most Tony-nominated play in historical past), and Matthew Lopez’s epic, seven-hour “play of the century,” The Inheritance. Solely 18 productions had been eligible for awards—down from 34 on the 2019 ceremony—suggesting that the evening will likely be considerably extra intimate than standard; nevertheless, a two-hour live performance particular, “The Tony Awards Current: Broadway’s Again!,” hosted by Tony and Grammy Award-winning actor Leslie Odom Jr., is definite to deliver some vibrancy to the proceedings.
Starting at 7 p.m. on Sunday, the primary half of the evening—when a lot of the awards will likely be introduced—will likely be hosted by six-time Tony winner Audra McDonald and stream completely on Paramount+ (which, blessedly, provides a free trial interval). A live performance celebrating the return of Broadway will observe, airing on CBS at 9 p.m. EST. Wire-cutters, don’t despair; you, too, can benefit from the live performance on Hulu with Reside TV, YouTube TV, DirectTV Now, or FuboTV.