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The Tony Awards 2022 guide

Broadway has its eyes on the 2022 Tony Awards, wondering which musicals, plays and revivals will win

Adam Feldman
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The biggest story at the Tony Awards every year is the race to be crowned the season's best Broadway musical. But that's just one of the prizes up for grabs at the Tony Awards, which honor Broadway shows for outstanding acting, writing, direction and design. Which productions from the 2021–2022 season will follow in the footsteps of recent winners like Hamilton, Dear Evan Hansen, Hadestown and Moulin Rouge! The Musical? With our guide to Tony Awards, you can revisit stellar moments from the history of the Tonys, find our coverage of this year's races and get prepped to watch the 2022 Tony Awards broadcast.

What are the Tony Awards?

The Tony Awards, a.k.a. the Antoinette Perry Awards for Excellence in Theatre, recognize achievement in Broadway theater. Only plays and musicals produced in one of the 41 officially recognized Broadway venues are eligible for Tony Awards. The awards are co-presented by the American Theatre Wing and the Broadway League in New York City. 

When are the 2022 Tony Awards?

The 75th Annual Tony Awards will be given out on Sunday, June 12, 2022.

What period of time is covered by the 2022 Tony Awards?

The Tony Award season runs from early May to late April. The cut-off date for Tony eligibility this year is May 4, 2022. (It was originally scheduled for April 28, 2022, but has now been extended for a week.)  

Where is the 2022 Tony Awards ceremony being held?

After a detour into the smaller Winter Garden Theatre last year, the Tony Awards are once again being held at Radio City Music Hall (1260 Sixth Ave at 50th St)

How will the 2022 Tony Awards telecast be different this year?

The main three-hour portion of the Tonys ceremony will be broadcast live on CBS starting at 8pm ET on June 12, 2022. This year, for the first time, the event will be broadcast live throughout the country—so, for example, it will begin at 5pm on the West Coast. An additional first hour will also be streamed on the subscription service Paramount+ starting at 7pm ET/4pm PT. (If you don't already subscribe to Paramount+, you can try it for a week for free and then cancel it if you choose.)

When are the 2022 Tony nominations announced?

The Tonys nominations will be announced on Monday, May 9, 2022, at 9am ET, on the Tony Awards YouTube channel. A complete list of the 2022 nominations will be posted on the Tony Awards website immediately thereafter.

Who hosts the Tony Awards?

The Tony Awards usually have a different host every year, though some popular performers (including Angela Lansbury, Hugh Jackman, Neil Patrick Harris and James Corden) have hosted multiple times. This year's host will be the recent Oscar winner Ariana DeBose (West Side Story), who has extensive Briadway roots.  

Who will perform on the Tony Awards?

The Tony Awards telecast on CBS usually features live performances by all of the nominees for Best Musical and Best Revival of a Musical, as well as other musical numbers at the discretion of the producers.

How do I get tickets to see the Tony Awards live?

Ay limited number of tickets to the 75th Annual Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall, which tend to cost $500 or more, will go on sale to the general public on May 9, 2022 at 9am ET. Tickets can be purchased here.

What categories are in the Tony Awards?

Tony Awards traditionally go to winners in 26 categories: Best Play, Best Musical, Best Revival of a Play, Best Revival of a Musical, Best Book of a Musical, Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre, Best Director of a Play, Best Director of a Musical, Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Play, Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Play, Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Play, Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Play, Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Musical, Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Musical, Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Musical, Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Musical, Best Choreography, Best Orchestrations, Best Scenic Design of a Play, Best Scenic Design of a Musical, Best Costume Design of a Play, Best Costume Design of a Musical, Best Lighting Design of a Play, Best Lighting Design of a Musical, Best Sound Design of a Play and Best Sound Design of a Musical. A number of Special Tony Awards may also be awarded each year. 

Who is receiving Special Tony Awards at the 2022 Tony Awards?

A Special Tony will be awarded to outgoing New York Theatre Workshop artistic director James C. Nicola, and the Isabelle Stevenson Tony Award will be presented to Shubert Organization president Robert E. Wankel. The Tonys will also bestow five Honors for Excellence in the Theatre in 2022: to the Asian American Performers Action Coalition (AAPAC), Broadway For All, music copyist Emily Grishman, Feinstein’s/54 Below and United Scenic Artists, Local USA 829, IATSE. 

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