How to watch the 2022 Tony Awards on the West Coast

The last two years on Broadway have been ones of sorrow and triumph. Illness, closures, cancellations, lost wages and lost livelihoods have given way to a fragile recovery fueled by a remarkable resilience of spirit — and the heroic efforts of understudies and swingers who always stepped in when leads fell ill.

Despite seemingly insurmountable setbacks, the shows have moved on — and it’s time to honor them at Radio City Music Hall.

The 75th Tony Awards aims to remind fans and viewers why theater matters through a glittering, celebrity-studded, three-hour program that will air live on CBS and stream on Paramount+ beginning at 8:00 p.m. EST/5:00 p.m clock PST. There is also an hour-long pre-show entitled The Tony Awards: Act One, which will stream exclusively on Paramount+ starting at 7pm EST/4pm PST.

The former will be hosted by Academy Award winner Ariana DeBose and will feature presenters Andrew Garfield, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Paris and Prince Jackson, Bryan Cranston, Laurence Fishburne, Nathan Lane, Bowen Yang, RuPaul Charles, Jessica Chastain, Cynthia Erivo, Raúl Esparza, Sarah Paulson, Sarah Silverman, George Takei and others.

The latter, hosted by Darren Criss and Julianne Hough, promises exclusive content, multiple awards and special performances.

Unlike last year’s odd ceremony, which was split into two parts and the majority of the awards were presented during a streaming-only pre-show, this year Tony’s promises to celebrate the bulk of the awards on network television. That year also marked the end of CBS’s tradition of delaying broadcasts by three hours on the West Coast – a policy that had become obsolete with the advent of the internet and the rise of social media. In 2022, all of the celebratory four hours will unfold live, coast to coast.

Broadway watchers have turned their eyes to Michael R. Jackson’s Pulitzer Prize-winning musical A Strange Loop, about a gay black man struggling to write an original musical. The show received 11 nominations, including Best Musical, Book, Original Score, Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role, and Direction of a Musical.

One of those nominations was for L. Morgan Lee as Lead Actress, making her the first openly transgender actress to be nominated for a Tony Award.

Other shows expected to do well include The Lehman Trilogy, about the rise and fall of one of the country’s largest financial institutions, which has eight nominations including Best Play; and “Company,” which is leading the revival of a musical pack and has nine nominations.

Notable stars nominated this year include Patti LuPone, Uzo Aduba, Phylicia Rashad, Hugh Jackman, Rachel Dratch, Ruth Negga, Billy Crystal, Sam Rockwell and Mary Louise-Parker.

Click here for a full list of nominations. How to watch the 2022 Tony Awards on the West Coast

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