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June 09, 2018

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2 CHANNELS June 9 - 15, 2018 ON THE COVER | THE 72ND ANNUAL TONY AWARDS By Kyla Brewer TV Media W hether you're sitting in a crowded grade school gymnasium or in the velvet seats of a posh playhouse, there's nothing quite like live theater. Every year, millions of eager spectators flock to Broadway to take in a show. Now the stars of those shows are ready to gather and cele- brate their accomplishments. Sara Bareilles ("The Sing-Off") and Josh Groban ("Crazy, Stupid, Love," 2011) will honor the best of Broadway as they co-host the 72nd Annual Tony Awards, airing Sunday, June 10, on CBS. Established in 1947 in honor of Antoinette "Tony" Perry, a co-founder of the American Theatre Wing, the awards celebrate out- standing achievement in Broadway produc- tions and performances, as well as regional theater. There are also non-competitive awards, such as the Special Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Theatre, which this year will go to both Andrew Lloyd Webber ("The Phantom of the Opera") and Chita Rivera ("The Mystery of Edwin Drood"). Seasoned musicians Groban and Bareilles may be relatively fresh faces on the Broadway scene, but they've quickly made their mark, making them the perfect co- hosts for this year's event. Bareilles com- posed the music and wrote the lyrics for the hit musical "Waitress," a gig that earned her a Tony nomination for Best Original Score in 2016. Groban made his debut in "Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812" on the Great White Way in 2016, which earned him a 2017 Tony nomination for Best Actor in a Musical. Both performers expressed their excitement to be hosting this year's Tonys in an official CBS release. "The theater has completely transformed my life in every way possible," Bareilles said. "I feel incredibly lucky to get to spend an evening celebrating and applauding this outstanding collective of artists, friends, collaborators and creatives." She and Groban welcome performers and those who work behind the scenes on a variety of productions, from gritty dramas to lighthearted musicals. This year's list of nominees include theatrical classics, mu- sical revivals, comedies and productions based on a television show, a movie and a book. Nominees in the coveted Best Play category are "The Children," "Farinelli and the King," "Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts One and Two," "Junk" and "Latin History for Morons." Perhaps the biggest surprise on Broadway this year has been the success and acclaim of the initially underestimated "SpongeBob SquarePants: The Musical." Based on the popular Nickelodeon animated series, the Broadway production gained nominations in 12 categories, including one for Best Musical. The show is tied for the top spot with "Mean Girls," which also earned 12 nom- inations for its take on Tina Fey's ("Saturday Night Live") 2004 big-screen comedy of the Broadway stars shine at the Tony Awards Stage-struck Eye MD 2 x 4.5 A/A to Z Lock & Safe 2 x 2

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