Broadway’s 72nd Tony Awards will air, live Sunday, June 10th at the Radio City Music Hall in New York City, New York. Those at home can catch the show on CBS at 8/7 p.m. Tony award nominees, Josh Groban and Sara Bareilles will host the show this year. Groban is a singer, songwriter, actor, and record producer while Bareilles is a singer-songwriter who most known for her song “Love Song” and more recently starred in “Jesus Christ Super Star” with John Legend.
The show will also be holding two separate fundraisers for the evening. The Tony’s will raise money for theater education while the after party by Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, and their Leadership Council will raise money to help provide medications, health care, meals, counseling, and emergency assistance to men, women, and children across the country. The organization is one of the nation’s leading industry-based, nonprofit AIDS fundraising and grant-making organizations. They’ve been raising money for their charity with the help of the American theater company since 1988. Since then Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS has raised more than $285 million for essential service for people who have HIV/AIDS and other serious sicknesses in all 50 states and Puerto Rico while also awarding annual grants to more than 450 AIDS and family organizations nationwide. Furthermore, this charity is also a major supporter of the social service programs at The Actors Fund, including the HIV/AIDS Initiative, the Phyllis Newman Women’s Health Initiative, and the AI Hirschfeld Free Health Clinic.
The Tony’s will have amazing guest appearances such as Robert De Niro, Matt Bomer, Claire Danes, Billy Joel, Jim Parsons from Big Bang Theory for example. Bruce Springsteen is being honored with a special Tony Award for his one-man Broadway show, “Springsteen.” Springsteen is also expected to perform for the evening. Two more people who are up to receive a special Tony are Chita Rivera and Andrew Lloyd Webber for the Lifetime Achievement in the Theater Award. Webber is responsible for the popular shows “Cats”, “Jesus Christ Superstar”. Webber also has the number one show that still runs on Broadway to this day is, “Phantom of the Opera”.
Chita Rivera is an accomplished actress, singer, and dancer who has won two Tony Awards in the Best Leading Actress category and had 10 other nominations as well. Speaking of nominations there are a lot of shows that have been nominated but the top two shows with the most nominations are “Mean Girls,” and “SpongeBob SquarePants: The Musical.” Both shows are up for 12 nominations.