Tony Awards 2017: guide

On Monday, Australian time Kevin Spacey will host the Tony Awards for the first time.

The House of Cards star is a former winner for Best Actor for Lost in Yonkers.

Leading the contenders is Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812 with 12 nominations, Hello Dolly! with 10, Dear Evan Hansen with 9 and A Doll’s House Part 2 with 8.

Cate Blanchett is nominated for Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Play for The Present while Tim Minchin is up for Best Original Score for Groundhog Day.

A Special Lifetime Achievement in the Theatre will be awarded to two-time Tony Award winner James Earl Jones.

New York Times reports Josh Groban plans to lead the cast of “Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812” in a mash-up of the show’s ballad and its big dance number, Ben Platt expects to perform “Waving Through a Window,” from “Dear Evan Hansen.” The cast of revival “Falsettos,” will also perform.

But the big question is whether Bette Midler will perform from Hello, Dolly! which appears to be at an impasse. There is an issue with Radio City Music Hall’s staging being unsafe for the dancers, but producers have rejected a remote performance from the Shubert Theatre. Instead David Hyde Pierce is expected to perform a solo while Midler will present an award.

VENUE:
Radio City Music Hall in New York City

HOST:
Kevin Spacey

PRESENTERS / PERFORMERS:
Scott Bakula, Sara Bareilles, Orlando Bloom, Rachel Bloom, Glenn Close, Stephen Colbert, Cynthia Erivo, Tina Fey, Sally Field, Sutton Foster, Josh Gad, Whoopi Goldberg, Josh Groban, Jonathan Groff, Mark Hamill, Taraji P. Henson, Christopher Jackson, Brian d’Arcy James, Allison Janney, Scarlett Johansson, Anna Kendrick, Keegan-Michael Key, Nick Kroll, John Legend, John Lithgow, Bette Midler, Patina Miller, Lin-Manuel Miranda, John Mulaney, David Oyelowo, Chazz Palminteri, Sarah Paulson, Ben Platt, Lea Salonga, Tom Sturridge, Tommy Tune, Olivia Wilde.

BROADCAST:
Live 10am Monday June 12 on Foxtel Arts.
Repeated at 8:30pm

Full Nominees are here.

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