The Tony Awards will feature a who’s who of celebrities and performers who are directly connected to or have a love of Broadway. The event will be a two-hour extravaganza that will honor the best actors, plays, musicals, and those who play vital roles in the theater industry. With this in mind, the Tony Awards will herald the return of the Great White Way after an 18-month shutdown due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
When will the Tony Awards air?
The 74th annual Tony Awards will air on Sunday, Sept. 26. Audra McDonald and Leslie Odom Jr host this year’s Tony Awards ceremony.
McDonald helms the live broadcast of the 74th Annual Tony Awards at 7 p.m. EST on Paramount+. Odom Jr. serves as host for The Tony Awards Present Broadway’s Back!, the live concert event celebrating Broadway’s return at 9 p.m. EST on CBS.
These are the celebrities scheduled to appear
According to the official Tony Awards site, the star-studded lineup is a who’s who of television, movie, and theater greats.
Jon Batiste, Stephanie J. Block, Wayne Brady, Tituss Burgess, Darren Criss, Robin de Jesús, Robbie Fairchild, and Beanie Feldstein will appear. Also scheduled are Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Jordan Fisher, Santino Fontana, and Andrew Garfield.
Mandy Gonzalez, Jared Grimes, Josh Groban, and Jennifer Holliday will be seen as well.
Father and daughter actors Jasmine Cephas Jones and Ron Cephas Jones will appear. So will LaChanze, Cyndi Lauper, Norm Lewis, John Lithgow, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Jennifer Nettles, Lynn Nottage, and Adam Pascal.
Broadway legend Bernadette Peters will participate with Sheryl Lee Ralph, Andrew Rannells, and Anthony Rapp.
Anika Noni Rose, Lea Salonga, Ali Stroker, Black Thought, and Courtney B. Vance will present.
Finally, Daniel J. Watts and Andrew Lloyd Webber will make an appearance.
Previously announced celebrities include Annaleigh Ashford, Kerry Butler, Kristin Chenoweth, and André De Shields. Jake Gyllenhaal, Christopher Jackson, and Audra McDonald will join them.
Moreover, Idina Menzel, Ruthie Ann Miles, Lin Manuel-Miranda, Bebe Neuwirth, as well as Leslie Odom, Jr. will appear.
Kelli O’Hara, Ben Platt, Jeremy Pope, Chita Rivera, Daphne Rubin-Vega, and BD Wong will present.
Exciting musical performances will bring the crowd to its feet
Three musicals nominated in the Best Musical category will perform. These will include the casts of Jagged Little Pill, Moulin Rouge! The Musical, and Tina—The Tina Turner Musical as well as American Utopia with David Byrne.
In addition, John Legend will perform with the cast of Ain’t Too Proud: The Life and Times of the Temptations. Legend produced the play Jitney, which won a Tony Award for Best Revival of a Play.
Also on deck is a reunion of the 2003 cast of Broadway’s Hairspray with returning cast members Marissa Jaret Winokur, Matthew Morrison, and Kerry Butler. Additionally, Chester Gregory and Darlene Love will also appear.
Finally, Lin-Manuel Miranda will bring the cast members of Freestyle Love Supreme to the Tony stage.