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Broadway's Biggest Night Is Back! CBS and Paramount Plus Will Split the 74th Tony Awards


Sep. 25 2021, Published 11:37 a.m. ET

As far as awards shows go, the Tony Awards has a capital on ceremonies that entertain. If you've never seen the Tony Awards before, they typically open with a musical number of the host's creation, then pivot to the awards portion. The 74th Annual Tony Awards, which will take place on Sept. 26, 2021, decided to split their ceremony into two parts: one part for the awards, one part celebrating Broadway's reopening.

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How can you watch the 2021 Tony Awards? Read on for everything we know about this year's ceremony.

Tony Award winner Stephanie J. Block wins Best Actress in a Musical at the 2019 Tony Awards.
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There are a few ways to watch the 2021 Tony Awards.

The 74th Annual Tony Awards will celebrate the 2019-2020 theatrical season, which was unfortunately cut short due to the coronavirus pandemic. Unlike previous years, the Tony Awards will take place in the fall and split into two parts in 2021. The rearranging of the ceremony is also due to the impact of the coronavirus pandemic.

Tony winner and legendary songstress Audra McDonald will be hosting the first part of the ceremony, the standard awards show, at Radio City Music Hall, beginning at 7 p.m. ET. Unfortunately, the award-winning portion of the evening will exclusively be available via Paramount+, CBS' streaming service. Typically, the Tony Awards are aired on television, so perhaps fans without Paramount+ will have to hope that this returns to normal next year.

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Tony Award winner Audra McDonald presents at the 2019 Tony Awards.
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The second half of the evening is The Tony Awards Present: Broadway's Back! portion of events, which will feature performances from Tony-nominated musicals such as Jagged Little Pill, Moulin Rouge! The Musical, and Tina: The Tina Turner Musical.

Additional performances include David Byrne and the cast of American Utopia, John Legend and the cast of Ain't Too Proud, Lin-Manuel Miranda and the cast of Freestyle Love Supreme, and a reunion of the cast members of Hairspray.

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'Hadestown' wins Best Musical at the 2019 Tony Awards.
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After the performances take place, the Broadway's Back! segment will also do a live presentation in three top Tony Awards categories: Best Play, Best Revival of a Play and Best Musical.

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Thankfully, the Broadway's Back! half of the evening will take place starting at 9 p.m. ET, and will be available for streaming via Paramount+ and viewing on television on CBS at the same time.

Fans of Broadway can look forward to a flood of big names presenting awards or attending, including: Annaleigh Ashford, Kristin Chenoweth, André De Shields, Jake Gyllenhaal, Christopher Jackson, Audra McDonald, Idina Menzel, Ruthie Ann Miles, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Bebe Neuwirth, Leslie Odom Jr., Kelli O'Hara, Ben Platt, Jeremy Pope, Chita Rivera, Daphne Rubin-Vega and BD Wong.

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Tony Award nominee for Best Play, Danai Gurira at the 2019 Tony Awards.
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If you're interested in checking out the nominees ahead of time, has a running list. Fans are thrilled for the Tony Awards tradition to continue and look forward to a year when the entire ceremony will be in one place. Congratulations to all the nominees and performers!

The 74th Annual Tony Awards will take place Sunday, Sept. 26, 2021, starting at 7 p.m. ET on Paramount+ and 9 p.m. ET on CBS.

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