When theater fans look back at the Tony Awards, 2016 may well look like the year of Hamilton. Yes, it's too early to tell, but Lin-Manuel Miranda's juggernaut has already swept so many prizes, one expects Tony to crown it best Broadway musical. Still, there's more going on at the Tony Awards, when Broadway shows are recognized for outstanding actors, the hottest chorus boys and girls, brilliant musical numbers, stellar direction and everything else that makes the Great White Way so great. In fact, the 2015-16 season was so strong and diverse—two Arthur Miller plays directed by Ivo van Hove, for Pete's sake—we were moved to dub our time a new Golden Age on Broadway. With this ultimate guide to Tony Awards 2016, you can revisit every stellar moment from the Broadway season, and get prepped to watch the awards broadcast on June 12.
What are the Tony Awards?
The Tony Awards, a.k.a. the Antoinette Perry Award for Excellence in Theatre, recognizes achievement in Broadway theater. Only plays and musicals produced in one of the 40 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. The Tony Award season runs from approximately early May to late April.
When are the Tony Awards?
The 70th Annual Tony Awards are on Sunday, June 12, 2016.
Where are the Tony Awards?
The 2016 Tony Awards will be held at the Beacon Theatre (2124 Broadway between 74th and 75th Sts) and televised live on CBS at 8pm EST.
What categories are in the Tony Awards?
Tony Awards go to: Best Play, Best Musical, Best Book of a Musical, Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre, Best Choreography, Best Scenic Design of a Play and Best Scenic Design of a Musical, Best Costume Design of a Play and Best Costume Design of a Musical, Best Lighting Design of a Play and Best Lighting Design of a Musical, 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 Orchestrations, Best Revival of a Play and Best Revival of a Musical.
How do I get tickets to the Tony Awards?
Tickets to the 70th Annual Tony Awards are currently sold out.
Tony Awards 2016 coverage
Takeaways from the 2016 Tony Awards
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The best five videos from the 70th annual Tony Awards telecast
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The Late Late Show's James Corden on taking over the Tonys
James Corden is attempting to break my fingers. “Trust me, this never fails. Put your fingers like this,” he instructs. Pushing my two index fingers toward each other so they make a bridge, Corden wraps his thumb and index around my finger bridge and yanks, trying to spread them apart. “Resist!” he says. “Push your fingers so I can’t break it!” We’re both British expats in America, and perhaps this makes me (foolishly) trust him. He asks me to conjure great things while trying to keep my digits together. “Think of the best gigs you’ve ever been to, times you’ve fallen in love, great kisses, time you’ve spent with your family, Christmases.… Look at how white my knuckles are!” My fingers don’t give way. “Right, now I want you to think of shit times, those worrying phone calls.…” And just like that, my index fingers separate. He smiles. I check my hands. They’re fine. “This is what I’ve learned: You’re infinitely stronger when you’re trying to find the positive,” he says and then takes a swig of his morning coffee. “I swear this isn’t some therapist bullshit.” And he’s right: It works. If you’ve ever watched Corden’s Late Late Show—you probably have: In the first year of the show, it had more than 1 billion views online—you’ll know he’s an emotional guy. And it all stems from his first love: the stage. This year’s host of the 70th Annual Tony Awards, held on June 12 at the Beacon Theatre, cut his teeth on the esteemed wings of London’s West End before coming to Broadway, first