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Nikki M. James and Andrew Rannells Announce the 2016 Tony Award Nominations in Live Webcast on May 3

Nikki M. James and Andrew Rannells - The 2016 Tony Nominations Announcement
Nikki M. James and Andrew Rannells will announce the 2016 Tony Awards Nominations in a live webcast on TonyAwards.com.

Each spring the entire Broadway community gets ready for the biggest announcement of the year: which shows and artists will receive nominations for the American Theatre Wing’s Tony Awards®.

This year is no exception. The honor of revealing the nominee names for 2016 will go to two Broadway favorites: past Tony Award-winner Nikki M. James and past Tony-nominee and Grammy Award-winner Andrew Rannells.

The Nominations Announcement webcast will begin at 8:30 a.m. ET on Tuesday, May 3 here at TonyAwards.com. “CBS This Morning” will cover the event, and you can also watch on other platforms (see below).

Nikki M. James will soon be starring in the new CBS drama “Braindead." Andrew Rannells is currently seen on HBO’s “Girls.” They previously appeared together in the original Broadway cast of the 2011 Tony Award-winning Best Musical, The Book of Mormon

Productions that opened during the 2015-2016 Broadway season on or before the April 28 cut-off date may be eligible for Tony Awards this year in the 24 competitive categories.

You can get to know the 2016 Tony-eligible shows on our Broadway Season page, which features videos, photos, and more.

James Corden will host the 70th Annual Tony Awards on June 12. The ceremony will be broadcast on CBS live from the Beacon Theatre in New York City at 8/7c (delayed PT). Or stream the Tony Awards live across platforms with the CBS All Access subscription service.*

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

Live Video Webcast, Twitter, CBS, and TWC NEWS/NY1

You can watch the Nominations Announcement, which is sponsored by IBM and presented live here at TonyAwards.com. Our webcast begins at 8:30 a.m. ET on May 3, with video courtesy of CBS News.

In addition to providing live video feed, we'll post the complete list of nominees immediately afterwards. We’ll also cover the nominations live on Twitter @TheTonyAwards.

"CBS This Morning" will air a portion of the nominations live. The NYC cable TV channel TWC NEWS/NY1 will carry the event in its entirety.

The Nominations Announcement takes place at the Diamond Horseshoe at the Paramount Hotel in midtown Manhattan.  There is no admission to the public.

Here is a complete calendar of 2016 Tony Awards events.

About Nikki M. James

Tony Award winning actress Nikki M. James will soon be starring in the new CBS drama Braindead, premiering on June 13. She recently had a guest arc on the hit series The Good Wife and most famously, originated the role of Nabalungi in the Broadway hit musical The Book of Mormon, for which she won the Tony as Best Featured Actress in a Musical. After her award-winning performance, Nikki went on to star as Éponine in the 2014 Broadway revival of Les Misérables. She has performed several sold-out one-woman cabaret shows at popular New York City venues such as 54 Below and Joe’s Pub.

No stranger to Broadway, she has starred in the productions of All Shook Up and The Adventures of Tom Sawyer. Other theatre productions include Romeo and Juliet, Caesar and Cleopatra alongside Christopher Plummer, The Wiz, Bernarda Alba, House of Flowers and Walmartopia. Nikki’s theatre workshops include Lizzie in Baby (Paper Mill/NJPAC) and Beehive on Broadway.

Nikki has appeared in a variety of TV shows such as 30 Rock, Law & Order: Criminal Intent, Third Watch and The Jury. Her film credits include Lucky Stiff and The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby.

She resides in New York City and holds a BFA in Drama from NYU.

About Andrew Rannells

Andrew Rannells can currently be seen on HBO’s hit series Girls, from producers Lena Dunham and Judd Apatow, which is currently in its 5th season. 

On the big screen, Rannells starred in The Intern alongside Robert DeNiro and Anne Hathaway and Bachelorette alongside Kirsten Dunst, Rebel Wilson and Lizzy Caplan. He will also be seen in the upcoming film, Why Him? starring Bryan Cranston and James Franco.

Rannells is best known for his breakout role as Elder Price in Broadway’s smash hit musical The Book of Mormon, created by Trey Parker and Matt Stone of “South Park” fame along with Robert Lopez of Avenue Q.  

The Book of Mormon received 9 Tony Awards including Best Musical at the 65th annual Tony Awards. Rannells performed the hit song “I Believe” that same year. For his work in The Book of Mormon Rannells received nominations from Tony Awards, Drama Desk and the Drama League.  He also won a Grammy Award for Best Musical Theatre Album for the cast recording of The Book of Mormon.  

His other Broadway credits include playing King George in Hamilton, Hedwig in Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Bob Gaudio in Jersey Boys and Link Larkin in Hairspray.

Rannells is a native of Omaha, Nebraska. 

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