Theatrely’s 2022 Tony Awards Viewing Guide 

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Dan Meyer
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June 12, 2022 9:00 AM

We’re here to make Broadway’s biggest night a breeze for viewers at home. To ensure you don’t miss a win, a performance, or a viral moment, we’ve put together a guide with all the details you need.

The 2022 Tony Awards will take place Sunday, June 12, in NYC. Read on below to learn more.

How and When to Watch

While the ceremony runs as one large event at Radio City Music Hall for in-person audiences, the 75th annual Tony Awards are split into two parts for viewers at home.

A pre-show hosted by Darren Criss (American Buffalo) and Julianne Hough (POTUS) will see several creative awards handed out and a few performances. Titled The Tony Awards: Act One, it begins at 7 PM ET/4 PM ET on Paramount+ to all subscribers to the streamer. (You can sign up for a free 7-day trial.)

At 8 PM ET/5 PM ET, switch turn on CBS (or remain on Paramount+) to watch the main event, hosted by Oscar winner Ariana DeBose. Fun fact: this is the first time the show will air live coast-to-coast!

Be sure to follow Theatrely on TikTok for top-of-the-hour updates throughout the night with our special correspondent Felicia Fitzpatrick. We’ll also be providing a live commentary feed on our website homepage, hosted by Chief Critic Juan Ramirez, along with Joey Sims and Kaitlyn Riggero. And don’t forget to check us out on Twitter!

Who is Nominated?

Leading the way with nominations is Michael R. Jackson's A Strange Loop, with 11, including Best Musical. MJ and Paradise Square follow 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. Company has nine nominations (the most for a musical revival this year) and for colored girls who have considered suicide / when the rainbow is enuf has seven nods (the most for a play revival).

For a complete list of nominees, click here.

Who is Performing?

As is tradition, all six Best Musical nominees (A Strange Loop, Girl From the North Country, MJ, Mr. Saturday Night, Paradise Square, and Six) will individually perform a number, as will the revivals of Company and The Music Man. In addition, there will be special performances by Bernadette Peters, Billy Porter, The New York City Gay Men’s Chorus, and a 2007 Original Broadway Cast reunion from Spring Awakening. Of course, the opening number for the ceremony is being kept under wraps, but you can bet it’ll be huge!

Who is Presenting?

Broadway’s biggest night is always a star-studded affair and this year is no different. Among those scheduled to appear are Tony winners Danny Burstein, Cynthia Erivo, Andrew Garfield, Nathan Lane, Judith Light, Bebe Neuwirth, Kelli O’Hara, Chita Rivera, Aaron Tveit, and Adrienne Warren.

Several stars planning to make their return to the Main Stem later this year are also on the list, with Patina Miller (Into the Woods), Gaten Matarazzo (Dear Evan Hansen), and Danielle Brooks (The Piano Lesson).

In addition, some big theatre-adjacent names are scheduled to appear, including several of the Tony-nominated producers of A Strange Loop (RuPaul Charles, Jennifer Hudson, and Billy Porter), Fire Island star Bowen Yang, and Oscar winner Jessica Chastain.

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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.