FOXTEL today announced that it will broadcast Broadway’s ultimate night of nights – the 65th Annual Tony Awards – LIVE from the Beacon Theatre in New York on Monday, June 13 at 10am AEST – exclusive to bio.
Returning to host the glamorous Awards night will be popular Emmy Award winner, Neil Patrick Harris, from 111 HITS’ How I Met Your Mother.
Harris will be joined by a host of stage and screen stars including Daniel Radcliffe, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Whoopi Goldberg, Chris Rock, Alec Baldwin, Samuel L. Jackson, Kelsey Grammer, Viola Davis, Vanessa Redgrave, James Earl Jones, Harry Connick Jr., Christie Brinkley, David Hyde Pierce, Marg Helgenberger, Matthew Broderick, Angela Lansbury, Jim Parsons, Joel Grey, Patrick Wilson, and Robert Morse.
This year three Australians have been nominated for the prestigious accolade – all for their work on the elaborate New York stage version of Priscilla. The Australian nominees are costume designers Lizzy Gardiner and Tim Chappel for Best Costume Design of a Musical, and actor Tony Sheldon, nominated for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical.
This year marks the 65th anniversary of the TONY Awards, which were first held on April 6, 1947, at the Waldorf Astoria’s Grand Ballroom. The ceremonies are presented by Tony Award Productions, which is a joint venture of The Broadway League and the American Theatre Wing, which founded the Tonys in 1947.
The Tonys were founded in memorial to Antoinette (“Tony”) Perry, the American Theatre Wing’s World War II chairperson. The winners are selected by the governing board of Actors Equity, The Dramatists Guild, Stage Directors and Choreographers Society, the United Scenic Artists, the Association of Theatrical Press Agents and Managers, the Casting Society of America, the American Theatre Wing and members of The Broadway League.
Nominations in the lead acting categories include:
Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play:
Brian Bedford for The Importance of Being Earnest
Bobby Cannavale for The Motherf*ker with the Hat
Joe Mantello for The Normal Heart
Al Pacino for The Merchant of Venice
Mark Rylance for Jerusalem
Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Play:
Nina Arianda for Born Yesterday
Frances McDormand for Good People
Lily Rabe for The Merchant of Venice
Vanessa Redgrave for Driving Miss Daisy
Hannah Yelland for Brief Encounter
Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Play
Mackenzie Crook for Jerusalem
Billy Crudup for Arcadia
John Benjamin Hickey forThe Normal Heart
Arian Moayed for Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo
Yul Vázquez forThe Motherf**ker with the Hat
Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Play:
Ellen Barkin for The Normal Heart
Edie Falco for The House of Blue Leaves
Judith Light for Lombardi
Joanna Lumley for La Bête
Elizabeth Rodriguez for The Motherf*ker with the Hat.
For a full listing of nominations: www.tonyawards.com