Tony Awards on Sunday take place under 'Hamilton' shadow


Tonight, House of Cards star Kevin Spacey (a Tony Award victor himself) takes to the stage to oversee the night which will be full of unforgettable performances and created to recognize the hard work of those in the Broadway industry.

As widely predicted, Bette Midler won her first competitive Tony as best actress in a musical for "Hello, Dolly!". "Because who knows if I'll ever get back there".

The 2016 Tony Awards could very well have ended after James Corden's opening number, which completely stole the show. He won Best Featured Actor in a Play in 1991 for his performance in Neil Simon's Lost in Yonkers. It earned Christopher Ashley the Tony for best direction of a musical.

Kevin Spacey is hosting the show at Radio City Music Hall in NY.

At the Tony Awards ceremony-which will be hosted by Kevin Spacey and broadcast June 11 on CBS-actors and other supporters of the casting directors' cause are planning to wear blue ribbons. Broadway general managers Nina Lannan and Alan Wasser will be awarded the Tony Honors for Excellence in the Theatre. Of course, the subscription may be cancelled after the Tony Awards show. Select credits also include Bring It On, Wicked, 9 to 5 (Drama Desk and Grammy nominations), Bat Boy, Godspell (2001 national tour), High Fidelity, Annie (2011 Broadway revival), Fly (Dallas Theater Center), Working (59E59), The Wiz (City Center), Legally Blonde, Dear Even Hansen (Arena Stage).

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Midler, 71, is all-but-assured of winning her first competitive Tony for her star turn in Hello Dolly, which scored 10 nominations. I'd hate to see such fearless theatricality passed over, but the inimitable Danny DeVito, who made his Broadway debut in a revival of Arthur Miller's "The Price" playing an elderly antique appraiser called in to settle a family estate with a ton of baggage, seems to have the inside track that fame bestows on talent.

The other nominees were Sally Field (The Glass Menagerie), Laura Linney (Lillian Hellman's The Little Foxes) and Jennifer Ehle (Oslo). The show's Tony performance was introduced by Ron Duguay, the retired Canadian ice-hockey star whose presence was indicative of the show's populist support north of the border.

This year's Tony Awards winners were decided by 839 folks who make their living working on Broadway.

The 2017 Tony Awards live on Lifestyle TV at 8 a.m. today with primetime telecast at 9:30 p.m. "So all the actors and producers will be coming out of our skins at that show".

After the audience roared with laughter, "Clinton" reacted, "I just wanna do a joke no one else thought I'd do!"