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Broadway Favorites Darren Criss and Laura Osnes to Co-Host the First-Ever Tony Awards® Red Carpet Live Stream, June 7, 2015

NEW YORK CITY (MAY 29, 2015) – For the first time ever, the Tony Awards® will present “LIVE! From the Red Carpet,” a live-streamed red carpet special helmed by TV and Stage Star Darren Criss and two-time Tony Nominee Laura Osnes. Criss and Osnes will be joined by George Takei, serving as the live stream’s official fan correspondent; Randi Zuckerberg as the tech/social correspondent; Blake Ross as the theatre correspondent; and Emilio Sosa as the fashion correspondent.

The 2-hour, 30-minute special will air from 5:30pm to 8:00pm EST on TonyAwards.com, CBS.com, Playbill.com and TimeOut.com. Viewers will feel like they are right in the action, enjoying interviews with the 2015 Tony Nominees from the red carpet as they arrive for Broadway’s biggest night. In partnership with Stage17.tv and Playbill, the live special will also showcase exclusive behind-the-scenes features showcasing the nominated shows and actors of 2014-2015 Broadway season. The live special will be produced by red carpet specialist Eddie Delbridge (E! Live from the Red Carpet) in conjunction with SERINO/COYNE and Getty Images Video. Additional camera equipment is generously provided by B&H Photo.

“There is no experience quite like being on the Tony Awards red carpet. The energy and excitement of the nominees, presenters and performers as they are about the enter Radio City Music Hall is exhilarating, and we are thrilled to share this unique experience with Broadway fans around the world – live – for the first time,” Heather Hitchens, President of the American Theatre Wing, and Charlotte St Martin, President of The Broadway League, said.

Fans who are in the New York City area can watch the live stream with fellow fans at the Times Square Simulcast via Clear Channel’s SpectacolorHD screens in the heart of the Broadway community—New York City’s Times Square. Exclusive content will also be available for fans to enjoy on the go through the Tony Awards Youtube channel (https://www.youtube.com/user/OfficialTonyAwards) and the Tony Awards Second Screen Experience at www.TonyAwards.com/secondscreen.

The 2015 Tony Awards - hosted by Kristin Chenoweth and Alan Cumming – will be broadcast on Sunday, June 7th, 2015 (8:00 – 11:00 p.m. ET/PT time delay) on the CBS Television Network, live from Radio City Music Hall in New York City. 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.

For more information on the Tony Awards, visit TonyAwards.com and Facebook.com/TheTonyAwards and follow @TheTonyAwards on Instagram and Twitter. 

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About the Live Red Carpet Team

Recent Broadway.com Audience Choice Award-winner Darren Criss (actor, musician and composer ) is currently starring on Broadway in the title role of Hedwig and the Angry Inch, the 2014 Tony Award winning Best Musical Revival. He recently starred as Blaine Anderson on Fox's Emmy and Golden Globe Award‐winning series Glee. He made his Broadway debut in January of 2012 as J. Pierrepont Finch in How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying. The San Francisco-native is a co-founder of StarKid Productions, a Chicago-based theatre company whose works have spurred viral hits, multiple Billboard charting cast albums, and sold-out national tours. His additional film, TV and stage credits include Girl Most Likely opposite Kristen Wiig and Annette Bening, The Wind Rises, Web Therapy, ABC’s Backstage with Disney on Broadway, Michael Feinstein's New Year's Eve Special on PBS as well as hosting duties for the NewNowNext Awards and Teen Choice Awards.

Laura Osnes recently starred in Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Carousel at the Lyric Opera of Chicago opposite Steven Pasquale under the direction of Rob Ashford. On Broadway, Osnes has been seen in Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella (Drama Desk Award; Tony, Outer Critics Circle, and Drama League Award nominations); Bonnie and Clyde (Tony Award nomination), creating the role at Asolo Repertory Theatre and La Jolla Playhouse (San Diego Theatre Critics Circle Award); the Tony-winning revival of Anything Goes (Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle, and Astaire Award nominations);in Lincoln Center’s production of South Pacific; and her Broadway debut in the most recent revival of Grease. Other New York credits include The Threepenny Opera (Drama Desk Award nomination), directed by Martha Clarke at the Atlantic Theater Company; Encores! Productions of: The Band WagonRandy Newman's Faust, and Pipe Dream; and a one-night-only concert of The Sound of Music at Carnegie Hall. On television, Ms. Osnes has been seen on the CBS series “Elementary”, in the HBO pilot “The Miraculous Year” (written by John Logan and directed by Kathryn Bigelow), Sondheim: The Birthday Concert at Avery Fisher Hall, HBO's documentary Six By Sondheim, and the Kennedy Center Honors salutes to Barbara Cook (2011) and Dustin Hoffman (2012). Her many concerts and cabarets include performing with Michael Feinstein, the NY Philharmonic, the NY Pops, and the Pasadena Pops and appearing in such venues as Carnegie Hall, The Cafe Carlyle, 54 Below, NJPAC, Las Vegas Smith Center, and the LA County Arboretum. In addition to being heard on several cast recordings, Laura has two solo albums, Dream A Little Dream: Live at The Café Carlyle and If I Tell You: The Songs of Maury Yeston.

Eddie Delbridge has been producing live television for over 20 years and has produced some of the highest profile live television events in the world. He is one of the leading producers of live event and live red carpet broadcasts, digital livestreams, and second screen experiences. Delbridge started producing live red carpets in the early days of E! Entertainment Television when Joan and Melissa Rivers ruled the red carpet. He has since produced nearly every major live red carpet for a variety of broadcast networks including: The Academy Awards, The Golden Globe Awards, The Primetime Emmys, The Grammys, The Screen Actors Guild Awards, The Met Art Gala, The Teen Choice Awards, The Kids Choice Awards, The Latin Billboard Awards, The American Country Awards, The Kids Choice Sports Awards, The American Music Awards, and many more. He was part of the groundbreaking team at E! who launched the Glam Cam 360 and a variety of other technical innovations, which have since become a fixture on many red carpets.

About STAGE17.tv

STAGE17.tv is a digital platform that bridges the gap between traditional theatre and new media. We collaborate with the best of Broadway to present new stories in new ways by curating and creating scripted and unscripted, fiction and nonfiction content. Stage17 also produces and distributes digital captures of live theatrical performances to bring Broadway, Off-Broadway and the best of America’s Repertory Theater to audiences everywhere. The show must go Online TM

About the Tony Awards

The 2015 American Theatre Wing’s Tony Awards are presented by The Broadway League and the American Theatre Wing. At The Broadway League, Robert E. Wankel is Chairman and Charlotte St. Martin is President. At the American Theater Wing, William Ivey Long is Chairman and Heather A. Hitchens is President. 

IBM, the official information technology partner of the Tony Awards, develops, designs, and hosts the official Tony Awards digital experience across platforms, including www.TonyAwards.com. Carnegie Mellon University is the first-ever, exclusive higher education partner of the Tony Awards. United Airlines is the official airline of the Tony Awards. Paramount Hotel is the official hotel partner of the Tonys.  City National Bank is the official bank of the Tony Awards. Porsche Cars North America, Inc., manufacturer of exclusive sports cars, is celebrating dynamic performance as the official sports car of the Tony Awards.  La Crema, known for elegant Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, is the official wine of the Tony Awards. USA TODAY is the official media partner of the Tony Awards. PEOPLE is the official magazine partner of the Tony Awards. Clear Channel Spectacolor is an official media partner of the Tony Awards and co-producer of the Tonys Simulcast in Times Square. The Hollywood Reporter is an official media partner of The Tony Awards. Nordstrom is the official sponsor of the Tony Awards Red Carpet.

 

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