RuPaul Charles, Bowen Yang, Jessica Chastain, More to Present at 2022 Tony Awards

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Dan Meyer
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June 7, 2022 11:00 AM
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Broadway’s biggest night is turning into a star-studded affair. Among the presenters scheduled to appear are several of the Tony-nominated producers of A Strange Loop, including RuPaul Charles, Jennifer Hudson, and Billy Porter; Fire Island star Bowen Yang; and Oscar winner Jessica Chastain.

Several stars planning to make their return to the Main Stem are also on the list: Patina Miller, who will star as The Witch in the New York City Center Encores! transfer of Into the Woods; Dear Evan Hansen’s new Jared Kleinman, Gaten Matarazzo; and The Piano Lesson stars Samuel L Jackson and Danielle Brooks, with director LaTanya Richardson.

Also slated to appear are past Tony winners Danny Burstein, Len Cariou, Bryan Cranston, Cynthia Erivo, Laurence Fishburne, Andrew Garfield, David Alan Grier, Nathan Lane, Judith Light, Ruthie Ann Miles, Bebe Neuwirth, Kelli O’Hara, Bernadette Peters, Chita Rivera, and Tony Shalhoub, along with Aaron Tveit and Adrienne Warren (two of our dream picks for the Merrily We Roll Along revival!).

In addition, the roster includes Utkarsh Ambudkar, Skylar Astin, Zach Braff, Lilli Cooper, Wilson Cruz, Colman Domingo, Anthony Edwards, Raúl Esparza, Tony Goldwyn, Vanessa Hudgens, Paris Jackson, Prince Jackson, Telly Leung, Josh Lucas, Sarah Paulson, Jeremy Pope, Sarah Silverman, George Takei, and Patrick Wilson.

Lastly, there’s a chance for a Hamilton reunion. Renée Elise Goldsberry, Lin-Manuel Miranda, and Phillipa Soo will all take the stage at Radio City. Although it’s not confirmed they’ll be together, one can hope!

As previously announced, Ariana DeBose will host this year’s Tony Awards, airing on CBS and streaming on Paramount+, live coast-to-coast on June 12 at 8 PM ET/5 PM PT. Julianne Hough and Darren Criss will host The Tony Awards: Act One, featuring performance and creative awards, streaming live only on Paramount+, beginning at 7 PM ET/4 PM PT.

Leading the way with nominations is Michael R. Jackson's A Strange Loop, with 11, including Best Musical. MJ and Paradise Square follows closely behind with 10 nominations, both also nominated for Best Musical. The most Tony-nominated play this year is Stefano Massini and Ben Power's The Lehman Trilogy, with eight nods, including Best Play and all three leading actors scoring a nomination for their performance.

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Dan Meyer

Dan joins Theatrely after previously serving as an Assistant Editor at Playbill. His favorite musicals are fast, historical, and witty, like Six, Cabaret, and Sweeney Todd. He likes his plays dark and funny.