Tonys: Cynthia Erivo, Leslie Odom Jr. to Perform
The Radio City Rockettes will also take the stage during Sunday's telecast.
Leslie Odom. Jr. and Cynthia Erivo are set to perform at the Tony Awards.
The two actors — who won last year's lead actor and actress awards for Hamilton and The Color Purple, respectively — will take the stage at Radio City Music Hall on Sunday. The Radio City Rockettes will also perform.
The ceremony will also feature performances by the casts of the musicals Bandstand, Come From Away, Dear Evan Hansen, Falsettos, Groundhog Day The Musical, Hello, Dolly!, Miss Saigon, Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812 and War Paint.
A performance during the telecast offers exposure to an audience outside the tri-state area and occasionally results in a boost in ticket sales, but the lineup leaves out a handful of currently-running musicals: Anastasia, A Bronx Tale and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory — three shows that have been performing well at the Broadway box office, though the latter two didn't get any Tony nominations. Also not included is the revival of Sunset Boulevard, starring Glenn Close and ending its limited engagement June 25. Close is still set to partake in the ceremony.
Honoring the best of the Broadway season, the awards will be handed out in a June 11 ceremony at 8 p.m., airing live on CBS (tape-delayed on the West Coast) from New York City. Kevin Spacey will make his debut as the annual event's emcee.
The hit musical Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812 leads with twelve nominations, followed by the Bette Midler-starring revival Hello, Dolly! with ten and Dear Evan Hansen with nine. In the play categories, A Doll's House, Part 2 nabbed eight nominations, followed by Oslo with seven.
Scott Bakula, Sara Bareilles, Orlando Bloom, Rachel Bloom, Stephen Colbert, Brian d’Arcy James, Tina Fey, Sutton Foster, Josh Gad, Whoopi Goldberg, Jonathan Groff, Mark Hamill, Taraji P. Henson, Christopher Jackson, Allison Janney, Scarlett Johansson, Anna Kendrick, Keegan-Michael Key, Nick Kroll, John Legend, John Lithgow, Patina Miller, Lin-Manuel Miranda, John Mulaney, David Oyelowo, Chazz Palminteri, Sarah Paulson, Lea Salonga, Tom Sturridge, Tommy Tune, Olivia Wilde, and 2017 Tony Nominees Sally Field, Josh Groban, Bette Midler and Ben Platt are set to take part in the telecast.