Tony Awards 2019: Start Time, Red Carpet and Nominees

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Cher, Jake Gyllenhaal and Audra McDonald are expected to join the host James Corden at the 73rd annual ceremony.

The Tony Awards broadcast starts at 8 p.m. Eastern on CBS.

The Tony Awards, the annual ceremony recognizing musicals and plays staged on Broadway, are taking place Sunday night at Radio City Music Hall. James Corden is the host.

Among those expected to appear at this year’s ceremony, scheduled to start at 8 p.m. Eastern: the pop singers Cher, Josh Groban, Sara Bareilles and David Byrne; the film and television stars Tina Fey, Danai Gurira, Jake Gyllenhaal, Samuel L. Jackson and Lucy Liu; and theater favorites Laura Benanti, Kristin Chenoweth, Audra McDonald and Brian Stokes Mitchell.

CBS is live-streaming the Tonys red carpet arrivals on Twitter.

The contest that drives the most ticket sales is for best new musical, and the leading contender is “Hadestown,” based on the Greek myth of Orpheus and Eurydice.
The Tony Awards, named for the actress and philanthropist Antoinette Perry, are presented by the Broadway League and the American Theater Wing.

The recipients are chosen by 831 Tony voters, many of whom work in the theater industry and have a financial connection to one or more nominated shows. To be eligible, the shows must have opened by April 25 in one of the 41 Broadway theaters located in and around midtown Manhattan.

Winners will get an eight-inch high statuette featuring a circular silver medallion with the masks of comedy and tragedy on one side and information about the winner on the other.

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