How to watch and what to expect


“Curtains up, light the lights!”

After delays, postponements and much more delays, the 2021 Tony Awards are lastly taking place this Sunday, Sept. 26.

It’s been practically two years because the COVID-19 pandemic brought about what would turn into the longest Broadway blackout in historical past, pulling beloved stars and characters off the levels and into unemployment. During that point, the trade lost beloved members to the coronavirus, together with Nick Cordero, Tony Award-winning playwright Terrence McNally and many extra.

But after virtually a year and a half, Broadway reopened final week to large fanfare and many blissful tears.

So, after a number of postponements — and a short consideration to do all the ceremony on-line — the Tonys are again and will take this weekend to have fun the most effective and the brightest of Broadway, lastly paying recognition to the wonderful reveals that are actually returning to the Great White Way.

Thanks to the, albeit understandably, complicated again and forth that has surrounded the 74th annual Tonys, there may be nonetheless a lot confusion about how this awards ceremony goes to go.

So, with out additional ado, right here is all you want to know concerning the 2021 Tony Awards:

When and the place will the present happen?

The 2021 Tonys will probably be staged on the Winter Garden Theatre in New York City on Sunday, Sept. 26.

Unlike the earlier awards, this gala will probably be unfold throughout two separate televised occasions: the standard awards ceremony will first air completely on Paramount+ beginning at 7 p.m. ET.

Following that may be a greater particular airing on CBS and Paramount+ beginning at 9 p.m. ET referred to as “The Tony Awards Present: Broadway’s Back!” The particular will probably be a dwell live performance occasion celebrating the return to Broadway and will characteristic performances from the nominated musicals “Moulin Rouge! The Musical,” “Jagged Little Pill” and “Tina: The Tina Turner Musical.” It will finish with the largest prizes of the night: Best Musical, Best Play and Best Revival of a Play.

Where will it’s livestreamed?

The Tonys will probably be streamed on Paramount+, the official CBS streaming service. If you don’t have already got a subscription, Paramount+ presents a free weeklong trial or you may join the subscription. which begins at $4.99 per thirty days with adverts and at $9.99 a month for the premium subscription with no adverts. Access it through net browser, smartphones, sensible TVs, Chromecast, Apple TV, Android TV, Amazon Fire TV, Roku, Samsung, Playstation 4, and Xbox One and Series X.

You can even use the Paramount+ subscription to watch the second half of the festivities, “The Tony Awards Present: Broadway’s Back!”

Who’s internet hosting the present?

The first phase of the Tony Awards will probably be hosted by Tony Award-winner and Broadway legend Audra McDonald.

The following dwell live performance occasion will probably be hosted by Tony Award-winner and “Hamilton” star Leslie Odom Jr.

Who’s nominated this year?

The nominations for the 2020 Tony Awards had been initially introduced on Oct. 15, 2020, by James Monroe Iglehart. You can try the total checklist of nominations right here.

Since the Broadway season was sadly reduce brief by the pandemic, the checklist can be very small — and barely unhappy — as compared to earlier years. Only three out of the 4 musicals that opened earlier than the eligibility cutoff date had been nominated: “Jagged Little Pill,” “Moulin Rouge! The Musical” and “Tina: The Tina Turner Musical.” In the identical, unusual vein, solely Aaron Tveit of “Moulin Rouge! The Musical” was nominated for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical, whereas Karen Olivo, “Moulin Rouge! The Musical”; Elizabeth Stanley, “Jagged Little Pill”; and Adrienne Warren, “Tina: The Tina Turner Musical” had been all nominated for Best Actress in the identical class.

In addition to these musical nominations, performs equivalent to “Sea Wall/A Life,” “The Inheritance,” “Slave Play” and extra obtained a number of nods from the American Theatre Wing.

For our picks of who we thought would have received the Tonys had they occurred final year, click here.

Who’s presenting?

According to the Tony Awards Web site, the spectacular checklist of Tony presenters contains Andrew Lloyd Webber, Idina Menzel, Lin Manuel-Miranda, Ben Platt, Beanie Feldstein, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Jordan Fisher, Santino Fontana, Andrew Garfield, Annaleigh Ashford, Kristin Chenoweth, André De Shields, Jake Gyllenhaal and many extra.

Who’s performing?

Between the awards ceremony and the next “The Tony Awards Present: Broadway’s Back!,” you may expect to see performances by nominated musicals “Moulin Rouge! The Musical,” “Jagged Little Pill” and “Tina: The Tina Turner Musical.”

In addition, the telecast will characteristic wonderful performances by John Legend and the cast of “Ain’t Too Proud,” David Byrne and “American Utopia,” the unique cast of “Hairspray” together with Marissa Jaret Winokur and Matthew Morrison, and a particular closing efficiency from “Freestyle Love Supreme” that includes Lin-Manuel Miranda, James Monroe Iglehart, Christopher Jackson, Utkarsh Ambudkar, Wayne Brady and extra.