THE TONY AWARDS: BROADWAY’S BIGGEST NIGHT
The 70th Annual Tony Awards return to the the Beacon Theater on the Upper West Side of Manhattan following three successful years at Radio City Music Hall.
British actor, writer, comedian, and television personality James Corden, host of The Late Late Show, will host the ceremonies this year. Corden garnered the Tony Award for Best Actor in a Play in 2012 for the comedy One Man, Two Guvnors.
Among the nominees for Best Actor in a Musical is Alex Brightman. Brightman plays the character of “Dewey Finn,” the struggling rocker-turned-music teacher in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s School of Rock – The Musical.
Eclipsed tells the story of five extraordinary women brought together by upheaval in their homeland of Liberia. Penned by Zimbabwean-American actress, playwright and star of The Walking Dead, Danai Gurira, the cast and crew of Eclipsed are up for six Tony Award nominations, including Best Play, Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Play (Lupita Nyong’o), Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Play (Pascale Armand and Saycon Sengbloh),Best Costume Design of a Play (Clint Ramos) and Best Direction of a Play (Liesl Tommy).
Actor, writer, musician, and playwright Jeff Daniels, noted for his roles in several highly acclaimed film, stage and television productions, garnered the year’s Tony Award nomination for Best Actor in a Play for his portrayal of the office worker “Ray” in Scottish playwright David Harrower’s harrowing drama Blackbird. Daniels’ co-star is the captivating Michelle Williams, who is a nominee for Best Actress in a Play.
Up for the Tony for Best Musical Category is Shuffle Along or The Making of the Musical Sensation of 1921 and All That Followed – which has been cited for 10 Tony Award nominations. Legendary producer George C. Wolfe and choreographer Savion Glover teamed up for the classic vaudeville musical starring Tony Award winner Audra McDonald.