Leslie Odom Jr, actor of ‘Carousel”, and Audra McDonald, actress of ‘Hamilton”, will share the emcee duties for the Tony Awards and the special celebration that celebrates all things Broadway that will be held in conjunction with the annual award presentation.
Odom will host “The Tony Awards Present: Broadway’s Back”, a special that will feature a concert featuring Broadway stars performing classics on stage. Special performances will be given by the three Tony-nominated best music contenders, which includes ‘Jagged Little Pill,’ and ‘Moulin Rouge! The Musical’ and Tina – The Tina Turner Musical. The Tony Awards will be presented live, and include best play, best revival, and best musical. Variety.com reports that this presentation will take place.
McDonald’s will host the live presentation of most of the Tony Awards, which includes the prizes for top acting categories. Paramount+ will exclusively stream the event.
Odom stated, “Broadway is part of my DNA. I’m so happy to see it open up again.” “There are many talented artistes returning to work doing what they love for the audiences that have missed these incredible performances.” This event will be held while theaters in New York reopen. Broadway shows like “Pass Over” have begun performances, while venerable classics such as “Hamilton” and “Wicked” will resume their performances this week. COVID-19 closed Broadway theatres in March 2020.
“I am thrilled that the Tony Awards have returned!” McDonald’s said, “I am so happy that we have found a safe way to honor and acknowledge all the amazing work that was done during the 2019-20 season.”
“While we can look back, I hope that this event marks a new era of Broadway. One with renewed commitment to inclusion and belonging as well an appreciation for the sacred experience live theater offers. Odom was nominated for two Academy Awards and won a Tony Award in the musical ‘Hamilton. Odom was nominated for two Academy Awards for his performance in ‘One Night In Miami …’, and for creating a song for the movie Speak Now’. Next, he will be seen in David Chase’s prequel to ‘Sopranos’ ‘Many Saints of Newark.
McDonald’s has won six Tony Awards. This is a record. She has performed on stages such as ‘Carousel’ (Master Class), ‘Ragtime’ and ‘A Raisin in the Sun’.
The special ‘The Tony Awards Present: Broadway’s Back’ will air on CBS September 26.