Ariana DeBose sings from Andrew Garfield’s lap at Tony Awards 2022

Broadway’s biggest night is upon us, as the 2023 Tony Awards gets underway.

The annual ceremony has recognised the biggest achievements in Broadway theatre since 1947.

This year’s Tony Awards will take place at New York’s United Palace and will air from 8pm ET. Proceedings will be led by Oscar-winning performer Ariana DeBose for the second year in a row.

The revival of the classic musical Some Like it Hot leads the pack with 13 nominations. In the plays category, Ain’t No Mo’, A Doll’s House, and Leopoldstadt are the most nominated, with six nods apiece.

Of course, the night wouldn’t be complete without performances from some of the productions up for awards.

Those attending can expect performances from the casts of Camelot, Into the Woods, & Juliet, Kimberly Akimbo, New York, New York, Parade, Shucked, Some Like It Hot and Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street.


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Jodie Comer attends The 76th Annual Tony Awards

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Hello folks and thank you for joining us tonight for our live coverage of the Tony Awards! Some big names including plenty of British exports are up for the top gongs tonight, such as Killing Eve star Jodie Comer and the plays Prima Facie, Leopoldstadt and & Juliet.

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What shows have received the most nominations at the Tonys?

In the play category, the production with the most nominations is Jeremy O Harris’ Slave Play, which received 12 in 2020. The provocative show also holds the record of the play with the most losses, as it ended up winning none.

For musicals, Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Hamilton received 16 nominations in 2016 and won 11, the highest number for an individual show that year.


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WATCH: Tony Awards 2022: Prince and Paris Jackson pay tribute to their late father

MJ: The Musical, a show about the life and career of Michael Jackson, received 10 nominations at last year’s ceremony.

In the end, it won four: Best Lead Actor in a Musical (Myles Frost), Best Lighting Design of a Musical, Best Sound Design of a Musical and Best Choreography.

Watch the moment Prince and Paris Jackson paid tribute to their late father at the awards in 2022 below:

Tony Awards 2022: Prince and Paris Jackson pay tribute to their late father

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What does a Tony Award look like?

The Tony Award trophy consists of a spinnable medallion, with faces portraying an adaptation of the comedy and tragedy masks. It is mounted on a black base with a pewter swivel.

It stands at around 24cm tall (9.5 inches) and weighs 1.6kg (3.5 lbs).

Here’s Cynthia Nixon displaying hers proudly in 2006, after her Best Actress in a Play win for Rabbit Hole.

Cynthia Nixon and her Tony in 2006

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WATCH: Ariana DeBose performs musical monologue at the Baftas

Effervescent performer Ariana DeBose will provide hosting duties for tonight’s show for the second year in a row.

Earlier this year, she created a viral moment with her musical monologue for the Baftas, in which she uttered the timeless words: “Angela Bassett did the thing.”

Here is a look back at the host’s unforgettable performance:

Ariana DeBose performs unusual live song during Baftas

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The show must go on: Putting on a Tony Awards telecast during a writers’ strike

Putting on a live telecast with no writers, no script and no rehearsal is no easy feat.

Due to the Writers Guild of America strike, no writers in the union were permitted to write material for this year’s Tony Awards.

Mark Kennedy looks into how the show will come together below:

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WATCH: Alex Newell’s performance of ‘Independently Owned’ from Shucked

Alex Newell is nominated for Best Actor in a Musical for their portrayal of whiskey entrepreneur Lulu in the new Broadway musical, Shucked.

The former Glee actor makes history as the first non-binary performer to be nominated for a Tony Award.

Their performance of the song “Independently Owned” is frequently highlighted as a standout moment from the show and reliably receives standing ovations from the audience.

Watch the performance that continuously has crowds on their feet below.

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How did Jodie Comer’s performance in Prima Facie go down in the UK?

Before its Broadway transfer, Prima Facie ran at London’s Harold Pinter Theatre from April to June 2022.

Killing Eve star Jodie Comer takes on the show alone as a lawyer who frequently defends rapists, but is forced to call her whole belief system into question when she is raped by a fellow lawyer.

The play has four nominations at tonight’s awards: Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role (Jodie Comer), Best Sound Design, Best Lighting Design and Best Scenic Design for a Play.

Last year, The Independent gave the show four stars, with particular praise going to Comer’s performance.

Here’s Ava Wong Davies’ review in full:

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WATCH: Ariana DeBose performs from Andrew Garfield’s lap in 2022

Ariana DeBose sings from Andrew Garfield’s lap at Tony Awards 2022

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