A pair of past Tony Award®-winners will take the stage on Broadway’s biggest night to hand out American Theatre Wing Tony Awards in more than a dozen Creative Arts Award categories. Billy Porter and Karen Ziemba will preside over the Creative Arts Awards portion of the 2014 Tony Awards ceremony on June 8, which will take place before the CBS telecast begins, as well as during the commercial breaks.
The Creative Arts Awards are sponsored by City National Bank.
TonyAwards.com will offer exclusive on-demand video clips of the Creative Arts portions of the Tony Awards ceremony. We’ll post the clips throughout the evening on Sunday night.
In addition, Porter and Ziemba will hand out the 2014 Tony Awards in various non-competitive categories, including the Regional Theatre Award (NYC’s Signature Theatre), the Isabelle Stevenson Award (Rosie O’Donnell), and the Special Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Theatre (Jane Greenwood).
It has been a year since Billy Porter received a Tony Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical for creating the role of “Lola” in the 2013 Best Musical, Kinky Boots. The Carnegie Mellon University alum currently dons the red leather boots in the Harvey Fierstein/Cyndi Lauper musical nightly at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre. His previous Broadway credits include Miss Saigon, Five Guys Named Moe, Grease, Smokey Joe’s Café, and Dreamgirls.
Karen Ziemba currently stars as the perky dog-loving actress “Eden Brent” in the musical Bullets Over Broadway, which received six Tony nominations this season. She won a Tony Award as Best Featured Actress in a Musical for her performance in the 2000 Tony Award-winning Best Musical, Contact. She also received Tony nominations for her work in Never Gonna Dance and Kander & Ebb’s Steel Pier and Curtains. Her other Broadway credits include Chicago, Crazy for You, 42nd Street, A Chorus Line, and Teddy & Alice.
The Creative Arts Awards will be shown live in Times Square at the 6th annual free outdoor Tony Awards Simulcast, presented by Clear Channel Spectacolor in partnership with the Times Square Alliance and the City of New York.
The 2014 Tony Awards, hosted by Hugh Jackman, will be broadcast on CBS on Sunday, June 8. Tony night festivities begin at 6pm ET on TonyAwards.com with live coverage of the Audemars Piguet Red Carpet, provided by NY1. The CBS telecast, live from Radio City Music Hall in new York City, begins at 8/7c (delayed at 8pm PT). Make sure to follow along on-line with the TonyAwards.com Tony Second Screen.
The Tony Awards are presented by The Broadway League and the American Theatre Wing.Revised June 7, 2014