Where to Watch 2019 Tony Awards Online

Fans of live theater and Broadway productions all over the world tune in every year for the Tony Awards, a celebration of the best in stage entertainment.

This year, the Tony Awards are going to be bigger and better than ever. Fans are gearing up to prepare their awards evening parties, and plotting out exactly where and how they will able to stream the ceremony.

The history of the Tony Awards

Bebe Neuwirth and Brandon Victor Dixon announce the nominees for the 2019 Tony Awards | Taylor Hill/WireImage

The Tony Awards ceremony dates back to 1947, but it wasn’t until 1967 when the ceremony first started being broadcast on TV for fans all over the world to watch.

While the Tony Awards don’t usually garner as large of an audience as the Academy Awards or even the Emmys, viewership for the Tonys has gone up over the years, especially as stage musicals have become more popular to a larger audience base.

The awards ceremony highlights both large Broadway productions and smaller, independent theater shows, which helps to highlight lesser known shows as well as appropriately honor long-running, iconic shows such as The Lion King or Oklahoma!

The award that winners receive is a medallion, made of both brass and bronze metals. The image on the medallion shows the iconic laughing and crying masks that have become synonymous with stage acting and the craft of live theater.

The actors that win Tony Awards usually consider it to be the pinnacle of their careers. Of course, those individuals who have achieved EGOT status are in a rarefied circle indeed and have to win an Emmy, a Grammy, an Oscar, and a Tony Award. 

The 2019 Tony Award nominees

This year, the Tony Awards honor a larger group of diverse nominees, and stage shows that range from original plays to surprising revivals. The category for “Best Musical” includes nominees such as Beetlejuice, The Prom, Hadestown, and Tootsie, while the category for overall “Best Play” includes a variety of dramas and comedies, like Ink and The Ferryman.

One of the most hotly contested categories every single year is “Best Leading Actor in a Play.” This year, well-respected actors from both stage and screen are up for the Tony, including Bryan Cranston for his work in Network, Adam Driver for Burn This, Jeff Daniels for To Kill a Mockingbird, and Jeremy Pope for Choir Boy.

The category of “Best Leading Actress in a Play” is no less impressive, with actresses like Laurie Metcalf, Elaine May, and Annette Bening vying for top honors.

Some of the other featured categories include “Best Choreography,” “Best Sound Design in a Musical,” “Best Direction of a Play,” “Best Featured Actor in a Play,” and “Best Scenic Design of a Play,” plus many more.

Where can fans watch the ceremony?

The Tony Awards will be broadcast live from the famed Radio City Music Hall in New York City at 8:00 pm ET tonight. James Corden, the host of The Late Late Show with James Corden, will serve as host for the event, for the second year in a row.

Fans can stream the ceremony as it happens live on CBS All Access (including the fabulous pre-show red carpet, featuring stars of stage and screen, all dressed to the gills) and catch every exciting moment, musical number, and hilarious joke as they happen. 

Of course, the 2019 Tony Awards can also be viewed on the CBS network, and on the YouTube app. Stay tuned for all the Tony Awards coverage you crave, as The Cheat Sheet counts down to one of the biggest awards ceremonies of the year.