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Tony Award Winners Kristin Chenoweth & Alan Cumming to Host the 2015 Tony Awards

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Kristin Chenoweth and Alan Cumming will host the 2015 Tony Awards, Sunday June 7 only CBS.

A pair of past Tony Award-winners will preside over this years's Tony Awards as Broadway celebrates its biggest moment in the international spotlight – the one night a year the biggest names in theatre, film, television, and music come together to entertain you.

Kristin Chenoweth and Alan Cumming will co-host the 69th Annual Tony Awards® on Sunday, June 7. The show will be broadcast live from Radio City Music Hall in New York City from 8:00-11:00 PM, live ET/delayed PT, on the CBS Television Network.

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The Tony Awards are presented by The Broadway League and the American Theatre Wing. 

Chenoweth is a nominee this year in the Best Actress in a Musical category for her performance in On the Twentieth Century. Cumming most recently appeared on Broadway in Cabaret, which ended its run in March.

“As past Tony Award winners and Broadway favorites, Alan and Kristin are no strangers to the Radio City Music Hall stage,” said Charlotte St. Martin, Executive Director of The Broadway League and Heather Hitchens, President of the American Theatre Wing, in a statement. “They both have a contagious charisma and share an electrifying excitement about Broadway that will translate to the fans watching at home, all around the world. We are thrilled to welcome them into the hosting role for the first time.”

The show’s Emmy Award-winning Executive Producers offered these words: "We couldn’t be more excited about working with two extremely talented actors, Tony winners, and comic geniuses to help celebrate the Broadway season. With Kristin and Alan on board, this year’s Tony Awards will be funny, entertaining, and not just for theatre lovers but for everyone,” said Glenn Weiss and Ricky Kirshner.

“We are thrilled to welcome Kristin and Alan as hosts of this year’s TONY Awards,” added Jack Sussman, Executive Vice President, Specials, Music and Live Events, CBS Entertainment.  “They each represent the epitome of what we love about Broadway, and their combined energy and charm will electrify Radio City Music Hall.”

About Kristin Chenoweth

Emmy and Tony Award winning actress and singer Kristin Chenoweth is  currently appearing on Broadway, playing the glamorous film star, Lily Garland, in the Roundabout Theatre Company’s On the Twentieth Century, which received rave reviews. She may be most remembered by Broadway lovers everywhere for her origination of the role of Glinda the Good Witch in Wicked, which earned her a Tony Award Nomination, and her Tony-winning performance in You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown. Chenoweth co-starred in the film The Boy Next Door and she starred as a poisonous frog named Gabi in the hit animated film Rio 2. She can be seen in the indie teen drama entitled Hard Sell and the Disney Channel’s live-action original movie Descendants, in which she will play the classic Sleeping Beauty villain Maleficent. Chenoweth received an Emmy Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series for her work on the ABC series Pushing Daisies.  Chenoweth was nominated for two Emmy Awards for her role on Fox’s hit comedy, Glee. She has also appeared on hit shows such as The West Wing, The Good Wife and American Idol. Other stage credits include Epic Proportions; Promises, Promises; Love Loss and What I Wore, Scapin; Steel Pier; Apple Tree; Music in the Air; Stairway to Paradise and others.  Chenoweth has also performed to sold-out crowds around the world – with performances at Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center in New York City, London’s Royal Albert Hall, Australia’s Sydney Opera House, and the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles in which she was also inducted into their Hall of Fame.  She will continue touring later this year. Chenoweth hosted the PBS Arts Fall Festival, featuring her own concert, Kristin Chenoweth: Coming Home, where she performed a career-spanning concert in her hometown of Broken Arrow, Oklahoma. The concert was released as a live CD and DVD, and aired as a PBS television. It’s no secret that Kristin wears her heart on her sleeve when it comes to her love of theater, which was the catalyst for her charity partnership with the Broken Arrow Performing Arts Center (BA PAC) Foundation in her home town in Oklahoma. Chenoweth is an inductee into the Oklahoma Hall of Fame, as well as the Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame. This year, Chenoweth will be receiving a star on The Hollywood Walk of Fame in the category of live performances on stage or in the theatre. Chenoweth wrote a candid, comedic chronicle of her life, A Little Bit Wicked which debuted at # 12 on the New York Times Hardcover Non-Fiction Best Seller List.

About Alan Cumming

Alan Cumming is an actor and activist beyond eclectic and according to the New York Times ‘a bawdy countercultural sprite’; Time Magazine named him one of the most fun people in show business; He plays political maverick Eli Gold on CBS’s The Good Wife, for which he received Golden Globe, Emmy, SAG and Satellite award nominations and earlier this year finished his Tony Award-winning role of the Emcee in the Broadway musical Cabaret. Last season, he performed a sensational one man production of Macbeth at the Barrymore Theater. Alan’s diverse career has found him performing at venues around the globe including the Sydney Opera House; making back to back films with Stanley Kubrick and The Spice Girls; directing and starring in a musical condom commercial; creating voices of a Smurf, a goat and Hitler; entering upside down and suspended by his ankles in a Greek tragedy (in the National Theatre of Scotland's The Bacchae); and recording an award-winning album of songs (plus a dance remix).  Alan is also Host of PBS’s Masterpiece Mystery and appears opposite Lisa Kudrow in Showtime's Web Therapy. Alan has written for The New York Times, Newsweek, Harper’s Bazaar, Out, has a bi-monthly column for Globe and Mail, and two books; Tommy’s Tale and his New York Times Best-Selling memoir, Not My Father's Son. A tireless champion for LGBT civil rights and HIV/AIDS, Alan serves on the Board of Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS and works closely with amfAR, The Trevor Project and the Ali Forney Center to name but a few. In 2009, Alan was made an OBE in the Queen's Honors List and by his homeland, Scotland, for which he was a vocal supporter of the YES for independence campaign, he has been awarded the Great Scot and Icon of Scotland awards, as well as recently having his portrait unveiled at the Scottish National Portrait Gallery as seen on the finale of Portrait Artist of the Year.

About the Tony Awards

The nominations for the 2015 Tony Awards were announced on April 28.

The American Theatre Wing’s 69th Annual Antoinette Perry “Tony” Awards will be broadcast live from Radio City Music Hall in New York City, on Sunday, June 7th, 2015 (8:00 – 11:00 p.m. ET/PT time delay) on the CBS Television Network. The Tony Awards, which honors theater professionals for distinguished achievement on Broadway, has been broadcast on CBS since 1978. The Tony Awards are presented by The Broadway League and the American Theatre Wing.

Ricky Kirshner and Glenn Weiss of White Cherry Entertainment will return as executive producers for the Tony Awards telecast. Weiss will serve as director for the 16th consecutive year.

 

 

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