The biggest night on Broadway is upon us yet again.
The 69th annual Tony Awards, recognizing the Great White Way’s best actors, actresses and creatives from the 2014-2015 season, takes place Sunday evening, broadcast live from Radio City Music Hall in New York City.
A pair of past Tony Award-winners, Kristen Chenoweth and Alan Cumming, will host this years awards ceremony. Chenoweth is a nominee again this year for her role in “On the Twentieth Century.”
The award for Best Musical, the most sought-after prize of the night for show producers hoping for a post-Tony boost in ticket sales, will likely come down to the high-grossing “An American in Paris,” which has been widely admired for its choreography and score filled with Gershwin standards, and the graphic novel-adapted “Fun Home,” about a lesbian cartoonist and her suicidal father, which has been a critical darling since it opened off-Broadway in 2013.
Another much-talked about category reaching a fever pitch among industry experts and fans alike is the award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical. Five women are nominated, three of whom could be considered frontrunners. But those betting on the outcome will likely favor Kelli O’Hara (“The King and I”) or Chenoweth. (Fun fact: Both are alums of Oklahoma City University and trained with the same voice teacher, Florence Birdwell.)
Chita Rivera, who received her tenth Tony nomination for her role in “The Visit,” also shouldn’t be counted out for a win in the category. If the 82-year-old Broadway icon takes home the trophy, it would be her third win in her career spanning more than six decades.
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And catch up on all the season’s Broadway musical nominees with our Spotify playlist below.