Your Guide to the 2024 Tony Awards

The 77th Tony Awards, Broadway’s biggest night, will take place on June 16th, celebrating the best of the year on stage. With 28 out of 36 shows receiving at least one nomination, a fiercely contested Best Musical category, and nine musical performances, this year’s ceremony promises to be exciting for viewers.

The guest list is star-studded, featuring Tony Award winners Cynthia Erivo, Renée Elise Goldsberry, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Idina Menzel, Jeffrey Wright, and Ben Platt, as well as Josh Gad, Andrew Rannells, and Anthony Ramos, among others.

Here’s everything you need to know about the upcoming Tony Awards, from how to watch to the list of nominees:

What time do the Tony Awards start and how can I watch it?

The Tony Awards will be held at the David H. Koch Theater, home to the New York City Ballet in Lincoln Center.

The three-hour main telecast will air on CBS and stream on Paramount+ with Showtime from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. EST for U.S. audiences.

A separate pre-show, hosted by dancer Julianne Hough and actor/rapper Utkarsh Ambudkar, will precede the main telecast, awarding technical Tony Awards.

Who is hosting the 2024 Tony Awards?

This year’s host is Ariana DeBose, known for her Oscar-winning performance in Steven Spielberg’s West Side Story, marking a historical moment as the first Afro Latina and openly queer actor of color to win an acting Oscar. She was also a member of the original cast of Lin Manuel Miranda’s Hamilton and was nominated for a Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Musical in 2018 for her role in Summer: The Donna Summer Musical. This will be her third time hosting the Tony Awards.

“This is Broadway’s biggest night. Why not give the people at home even more of a Broadway experience?” DeBose told the Associated Press on Thursday. “Our show is going to move like a Broadway show. We want to give you a full Broadway experience.”

Who is performing at the 2024 Tony Awards?

The cast of the nominated dance-musical Illinoise, based on the music of singer-songwriter Sufjan Stevens, and the cast of Suffs, a musical about the suffragette movement produced by Playwrights Horizons, are set to perform during the awards.

They will be joined by performances from the casts of Stereophonic, Hell’s Kitchen, Cabaret, Merrily We Roll Along, The Outsiders, The Who’s Tommy, and Water For Elephants.

Nicole Scherzinger will also perform for the “In Memoriam” segment, paying tribute to Broadway stars such as Ron Simons, Tony Mordente, and Chita Rivera.

What plays and musicals are nominated at the 2024 Tony Awards?

A total of 28 shows received at least one Tony nomination, with Hell’s Kitchen, featuring songs by the band The National, and the play Stereophonic, composed by Will Butler of indie rock band Arcade Fire fame, leading with 13 nominations each. Notably, five out of seven performers in Stereophonic were individually nominated for acting awards.

The musical The Outsiders, an adaptation of the S. E. Hinton novel and Francis Ford Coppola film, earned 12 nominations, and the revival of the classic Cabaret, starring Eddie Redmayne, secured nine nominations.

What talent is nominated?

Following a star-studded season on Broadway, the Tony Awards guest list is impressive. Rachel McAdams received a nomination for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Play for her Broadway debut in Mary Jane, as did Succession actor Jeremy Strong, who is nominated for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play for his work in Enemy of the People.

Actors Jessica Lange and Sarah Paulson were both nominated for their roles in Mother Play and Appropriate, respectively, as was Daniel Radcliffe, known for his role in the Harry Potter series, for his performance in the fan-favorite Merrily We Roll Along.

Redmayne, in his second Broadway show, received a nod for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical, as did actor Brian d’Arcy James for Days of Wine and Roses and Jonathan Groff in Merrily We Roll Along.

A record-breaking number of women are nominated for best directing, holding seven out of the 10 slots. In the category of Best Direction of a Play, Anne Kauffman, Lila Neugebauer, and Whitney White are nominated for Mary Jane, Appropriate, and Jaja’s African Hair Braiding, respectively. In the category of Best Direction of a Musical, Maria Friedman, Leigh Silverman, Jessica Stone, and Danya Taymor are nominated for Merrily We Roll Along, Suffs, Water for Elephants, and The Outsiders, respectively. It is worth noting that no women have ever won Tony Awards for directing.

You can see the full list of Tony Awards 2024 nominees on the official website.