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New York, NY (June 10, 2016) – Before Broadway’s biggest night this Sunday, June 12th, 36 productions will have opened on Broadway in the 2015-16 season. Of those productions, 18 are nominated for Tony Awards this year, and 94 of the actors and creative teams in those productions will walk the red carpet on Sunday as nominees.
Below are fun facts about this year’s nominees and Tony Awards ceremony:
As previously announced, the star-studded evening will also feature appearances by Uzo Aduba, Cate Blanchett, Christian Borle, Claire Danes, Common, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Glenn Close, Josh Groban, Jake Gyllenhaal, Neil Patrick Harris, Sean Hayes, Nikki M. James, James Earl Jones, Daniel Dae Kim, Carole King, Diane Lane, Nathan Lane, Angela Lansbury, Lucy Liu, Audra McDonald, Marlee Matlin, Patina Miller, Bebe Neuwirth, Andrew Rannells, Chita Rivera, Saoirse Ronan, Keri Russell, Meg Ryan, Barbra Streisand, Aaron Tveit, Blair Underwood, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Oprah Winfrey, Mary Elizabeth Winstead and 2016 Tony Nominees Steve Martin and Edie Brickell.
The high-energy evening will feature performances from the 2016 Tony-nominated Best Musical and Best Revival of a Musical shows, including Tony nominees Brandon Victor Dixon and Adrienne Warren and the cast of Shuffle Along, Or The Making of the Musical Sensation of 1921 and All That Followed; Tony nominees Laura Benanti, Zachary Levi and Jane Krakowski and the cast of She Loves Me; Tony nominee Alex Brightman and the cast of School of Rock; Tony nominee Danny Burstein and the cast of Fiddler on the Roof; Tony nominees Danielle Brooks and Cynthia Erivo and the cast of The Color Purple; Tony nominees Lin-Manuel Miranda, Phillipa Soo, Leslie Odom Jr., Renée Elise Goldsberry, Christopher Jackson and Daveed Diggs and the cast of Hamilton; Tony nominees Sara Bareilles, Christopher Fitzgerald and Jessie Mueller and the cast of Waitress; Tony nominee Carmen Cusack and the cast of Bright Star; and the cast of Spring Awakening. The Tony Awards upholds a valued tradition of recognizing the excellence of the entire Broadway season each year. The telecast will also feature a not-to-be missed performance by Gloria Estefan and the cast of On Your Feet!
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About the Tony Awards
The 2016 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. Ricky Kirshner and Glenn Weiss of White Cherry Entertainment are the Executive Producers of the 2016 Tony Awards. Mr. Weiss will also serve as Director of the 2016 Tony Awards.
IBM - develops, designs, and hosts the official Tony Awards digital experience anchored by TonyAwards.com; Carnegie Mellon University – the first-ever, exclusive higher education partner; Grant Thornton LLP – official professional services partner ; Nordstrom - official sponsor of Tony Awards Red Carpet and “Live on the Tony Awards Red Carpet Show”; City National – official bank of the Tony Awards and presenting sponsor of the Creative Arts Awards; Porsche Cars North America, Inc., - presenting sponsor of the 2016 Tony Awards Gala; United Airlines – the official airline of the Tony Awards for the last 17 years; Coach – presenting sponsor of the Tony Awards Green Room; BroadwayHD – official partner of the Tony Awards and the first-ever Behind the Scenes Livestream; FIJI Water - official water partner of the Tony Awards; La Crema - official wine partner of the Tony Awards; Paramount Hotel - official hotel partner of the Tony Awards; People/Entertainment Weekly – the official magazine partners of the Tony Awards; and additional support provided by Passion Roses.