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article imageTony Awards promise plenty of performances; show airs June 10

By Tim O'Brien     Jun 8, 2012 in Entertainment
New York - When it comes to award shows, there are the Big Four. Sure, many may not see it that way, but, as far as the business part of award shows, there are only four that really matter.
Those first three are the Emmys, The Grammys and The Oscars. The fourth is this Sunday. That would be The Tonys. Many other shows can try to be what these are or even try to fill in the blanks left after these are awarded. Truth be told, the business of show award are these ones.
The others are just fillers.
Performances for "The 66th Annual Tony Awards Include the 2012 Tony-Nominated Best Musicals "Newsies," "Nice Work If You Can Get It," "Once," "Evita," "Follies," "The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess," "Jesus Christ Superstar" and "Leap of Faith."
The show will be live from the Beacon Theatre, Sunday, June 10 (8-11
p.m., live ET; delayed PT) on the CBS. The night will be hosted by Emmy Award winner Neil Patrick Harris
“I’m thrilled to be a part of this year’s Tony Awards,” said Harris. “Not only will I be shining a spotlight on the best that Broadway has to offer, but hopefully I’ll score some free house seats to a show – or five!”
“We are excited to have Neil Patrick Harris return as host of the TONY Awards,” said Jack Sussman, Executive Vice President, Specials, Music and Live Events, CBS Entertainment. “Neil is the ultimate showman. He brings great talent, energy and creativity to the Tony stage and usually a surprise or two. I can’t wait to see what he has in store this year.”
In addition, the evening will feature performances by Best Play nominees "End of the Rainbow," "One Man, Two Guvnors" and "Peter and the Starcatcher," as well as a performance by the casts of "Ghost the Musical" and "Godspell," featuring Corbin Bleu.
Nominees (for a complete list, head here).
"Clybourne Park," Bruce Norris
"Other Desert Cities," Jon Robin Baitz
"Peter and the Starcatcher," Rick Elice
"Venus in Fur," David Ives
"Leap of Faith"
"Nice Work If You Can Get It"
Revival of a musical
"The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess"
"Jesus Christ Superstar"
Book of a musical
"Lysistrata Jones," Douglas Carter Beane
"Newsies," Harvey Fierstein
"Nice Work If You Can Get It," Joe DiPietro
"Once," Enda Walsh
Original score (music and/or lyrics) written for the theater
"Bonnie & Clyde," music: Frank Wildhorn; lyrics: Don Black
"Newsies," music: Alan Menken; lyrics: Jack Feldman
"One Man, Two Guvnors," music & lyrics: Grant Olding
"Peter and the Starcatcher," music: Wayne Barker; lyrics: Rick Elice
Performance by an actor in a leading role in a play
James Corden, "One Man, Two Guvnors"
Philip Seymour Hoffman, "Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman"
James Earl Jones, "Gore Vidal’s The Best Man"
Frank Langella, "Man and Boy"
John Lithgow, "The Columnist"
Performance by an actress in a leading role in a play
Nina Arianda, "Venus in Fur"
Tracie Bennett, "End of the Rainbow"
Stockard Channing, "Other Desert Cities"
Linda Lavin, "The Lyons"
Cynthia Nixon, "Wit"
Performance by an actor in a leading role in a musical
Danny Burstein, "Follies"
Jeremy Jordan, "Newsies"
Steve Kazee, "Once"
Norm Lewis, "The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess"
Ron Raines, "Follies"
Performance by an actress in a leading role in a musical
Jan Maxwell, "Follies"
Audra McDonald, "The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess"
Cristin Milioti, "Once"
Kelli O’Hara, "Nice Work If You Can Get It"
Laura Osnes, "Bonnie & Clyde"
Performance by an actor in a featured role in a play
Christian Borle, "Peter and the Starcatcher"
Michael Cumpsty, "End of the Rainbow"
Tom Edden, "One Man, Two Guvnors"
Andrew Garfield, "Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman"
Jeremy Shamos, "Clybourne Park"
Performance by an actress in a featured role in a play
Linda Emond, "Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman"
Spencer Kayden, "Don’t Dress for Dinner"
Celia Keenan-Bolger, "Peter and the Starcatcher"
Judith Light, "Other Desert Cities" Condola Rashad, "Stick Fly"
Performance by an actor in a featured role in a musical
Phillip Boykin, "The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess"
Michael Cerveris, "Evita"
David Alan Grier, "The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess"
Michael McGrath, "Nice Work If You Can Get It"
Josh Young, "Jesus Christ Superstar"
Performance by an actress in a featured role in a musical
Elizabeth A. Davis, "Once"
Jayne Houdyshell, "Follies"
Judy Kaye, "Nice Work If You Can Get It"
Jessie Mueller, "On a Clear Day You Can See Forever"
Da’Vine Joy Randolph, "Ghost the Musical"
Scenic design of a play
John Lee Beatty, "Other Desert Cities"
Daniel Ostling, "Clybourne Park"
Mark Thompson, "One Man, Two Guvnors"
Donyale Werle, "Peter and the Starcatcher"
Scenic design of a musical
Bob Crowley, "Once"
Rob Howell and Jon Driscoll, "Ghost the Musical"
Tobin Ost and Sven Ortel, "Newsies"
George Tsypin, "Spider-Man Turn Off The Dark"
Costume design of a play
William Ivey Long, "Don’t Dress for Dinner"
Paul Tazewell, "A Streetcar Named Desire"
Mark Thompson, "One Man, Two Guvnors"
Paloma Young, "Peter and the Starcatcher"
Costume design of a musical
Gregg Barnes, "Follies"
ESosa, "The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess"
Eiko Ishioka, "Spider-Man Turn Off The Dark"
Martin Pakledinaz, "Nice Work If You Can Get It"
Lighting design of a play
Jeff Croiter, "Peter and the Starcatcher"
Peter Kaczorowski, "The Road to Mecca"
Brian MacDevitt, "Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman"
Kenneth Posner, "Other Desert Cities"
Lighting design of a musical
Christopher Akerlind, "The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess"
Natasha Katz, "Follies"
Natasha Katz, "Once"
Hugh Vanstone, "Ghost the Musical"
Sound design of a play
Paul Arditti, "One Man, Two Guvnors"
Scott Lehrer, "Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman"
Gareth Owen, "End of the Rainbow"
Darron L. West, "Peter and the Starcatcher"
* This year marks the 66th anniversary of the TONY Awards, which were
first held on April 6, 1947, at the Waldorf Astoria's Grand Ballroom.
The American Theatre Wing's TONY Awards are presented by The Broadway
League and the American Theatre Wing. The Tonys were founded in
memorial to Antoinette ("Tony") Perry, the American Theatre Wing's
World War II chairperson.
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