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Tony Award Nominations Announced May 1st

The Tony Nominations can be viewed LIVE (8:30am ET) on CBS This Morning, Tuesday May 1st

It’s almost Tony time. That special time of the year when New York City springs alive and New Yorkers begin to tap their feet, sing catchy melodies and act out classical theater pieces just for the fun of it.

Announcing the Tony Award Nominations on May 1 will be Tony and Grammy Award winner, Leslie Odom, Jr. and Katharine McPhee, who is currently starring in the Tony-nominated musical Waitress.  

Also in attendance will be David Henry Hwang, Chairman of the American Theatre Wing; Heather Hitchens, President & CEO of the American Theatre Wing; Thomas Schumacher, Chairman of The Broadway League; Charlotte St. Martin, President of The Broadway League. 

Set your alarm clocks because The Tony Nominations can be viewed LIVE (8:30 am ET) on CBS This Morning and will be live streamed in their entirety at and  The live announcement of the 72nd Annual Tony Award Nominations Sponsored by IBM. 

Here are a few of our predictions. 

Tony Award for Best Musical
The Band’s Visit
Mean Girls
SpongeBob SquarePants
Upset Surprise

Tony Award for Best Play
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
Upset Surprise
Farinelli and the King

Tony Award for Best Revival of a Musical
My Fair Lady
Once on This Island

Best Leading Actor in a Musical
Joshua Henry (Billy Bigelow, Carousel)
Ethan Slater (SpongeBob SquarePants, SpongeBob SquarePants)

Best Leading Actor in a Play
Tom Hollander (Henry Carr, Travesties)
Andrew Garfeild (Prior Walter, Angels in America)
Mark Rylance (King Phillipe V of Spain, Farinelli and the King)
Upset Surprise
Denzel Washington (Theodore Hickman, The Iceman Cometh)

Best Leading Actress in a Play
Glenda Jackson (A, Three Tall Women)
Lauren Ridloff (Sarah Norman, Children of a Lesser God)
Upset Surprise
Amy Schumer (Corky, Meteor Shower)
Condola Rashad (Joan, Saint Joan)
Lili Taylor (Bessie, Marvin’s Room)

Best Director of a Play
John Tiffany (Harry Potter)
Marianne Elliot (Angels in America)

Best Featured Actor in a Musical
Gavin Lee (Squidward, SpongeBob SquarePants)
Norbert Leo Butz (Alfred P. Doolittle, My Fair Lady)
Upset Surprise
Jelani Alladin (Kristoff, Frozen)
Alex Newell (Asaka, Once on This Island)
Grey Henson (Damian Hubbard, Mean Girls)
Best Featured Actress in a Musical
Lindsay Mendez (Carrie Pipperidge, Carousel)
Upset Surprise
Lea Salonga (Erzulie, Once on this Island)
Kenita R. Miller (Mama Euralie, Once on This Island)
Ashley Park (Gretchen Wieners, Mean Girls)
Kerry Butler (Mrs. Heron/Ms. Norbury/Mrs. George, Mean Girls)
Diana Rigg (Mrs. Higgins, My Fair Lady)

Best Featured Actor in a Play
Anthony Boyle (Scorpius Malfoy, Harry Potter)

Best Featured Actress in a Play
Noma Dumezweni (Hermione Granger, Harry Potter)
Laurie Metcalf (B, Three Tall Women)
Denise Gough (Harper Pitt, Angels in America)

Best Book of a Musical
Tina Fey (Mean Girls)
Itamar Moses (The Band’s Visit)
Kyle Jarrow (SpongeBob SquarePants)

Best Original Score
The Band’s Visit (Music & Lyrics by David Yazbek)
Frozen (Music & Lyrics by Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez)
On the Bubble
Imogen Heap (Harry Potter)
SpongeBob SquarePants (The SpongeBob Music Team)
Mean Girls (Music by Jeff Richmond, Lyrics by Nell Benjamin)

Best Choreography
Justin Peck (Carousel)
Steven Hoggett (Harry Potter)
Camille A. Brown (Once on This Island)
Dark Horse Surprise
Sergio Trujillo (Summer)

Best Orchestrations
Jamshied Sharifi (The Band’s Visit)
Tom Kitt (SpongeBob SquarePants)
Jason Robert Brown (Prince of Broadway)
Annmarie Milazzo & Michael Starobin (Once on This Island)

Follow the Tony Awards on Twitter and Instagram for real-time updates on the nominees as they are announced (@TheTonyAwards). 

The entire announcement will also be available on after the event. The theater community always weighs in on who will win.  

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