Welcome to Deadline.com‘s live blog of the 69th Annual Antoinette Perry Awards — the Tonys — which will be telecast live by CBS from New York’s Radio City Music Hall. The hosts for the night are Kristin Chenoweth and Alan Cumming. Promised presenters include Bradley Cooper, Neil Patrick Harris, Jim Parsons, Amanda Seyfried, Ashley Tisdale, Bryan Cranston, Joe Manganiello, Kiefer Sutherland, Anna Chlumsky, Larry David, Jason Alexander, Misty Copeland, Sting, Corey Stoll, David Hyde Pierce, Debra Messing, Jennifer Nettles, Marg Helgenberger, Rita Wilson, Rose Byrne, Thomas Sadoski, Sutton Foster, Taye Diggs, Taylor Schilling, Bobby Cannavale and tonight’s honoree for Lifetime Achievement, Tommy Tune.

Stay with us as the action unfolds. I’ll be back just before the ceremony begins at 8 p.m. New York Time.

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Chita Rivera, a nominee tonight for her leading performance in The Visit, just came on the Red Carpet and recalled that her first Tony win, for The Rink, was memorable because she felt the presence of her tall mom. More to come!

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As just as one example of how the fashionistas have taken over — no Frances McDormand sporting denim tonight! — Broadway diva Bernadette Peters showed up on the red carpet with her date, designer Zac Posen.

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Most of tonight’s actor nominees were up at dawn for a morning rehearsal at Radio City Music Hall, then had to do their Sunday matinees, before changing back into glad rags for the Tony show — and they’ll have to change again if they’re performing  a number from their show.

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A pre-show interview with tonight’s Lifetime Achievement honoree Tommy Tune — now 10-time-Tony-winning-Texas-tapper-Tommy-Tune, as he put it, cited the late Mike Nichols as his lifelong hero. That was a little odd…but touching.

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Welcome everyone to our live blog of the 69th Annual Tony Awards, just about to get underway.

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Here are hosts Kristin Chenoweth and Alan Cumming — Wilkommmen — Alan sings “This is the last time I’ll sing this song” and then Kristin pitches the season and notes Wicked instill running…. Alan is in purple shorts! And he tips Hugh Jackman and Jake Gyllenhaal for not getting nominated and a shout out to un-nominated harvey Weinstein!   

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Here are hosts Kristin Chenoweth and Alan Cumming — Wilkommmen — Alan sings “This is the last time I’ll sing this song” and then Kristin pitches the season and notes Wicked instill running…. Alan is in purple shorts! And he tips Hugh Jackman and Jake Gyllenhaal for not getting nominated and adds a shout out to un-nominated Harvey Weinstein!   

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Helen Mirren is waving them off the stage!

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A big roar to welcome the opening number: “A Musical” from Something Rotten!

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Brian d’Arcy James and Brad Oscar are having as good a time here as they do every night on the stage of the St. James Theatre, hat-tipping everything from Les Miz to The Music Man and A Chorus Line

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They’re selling it hard but I’m not seeing any sweat.

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And Alan and Kristen joined the chorus of groundlings.

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Nominee Bradley Cooper introduces the nominees for best actress in a pay. And the winner is: Helen Mirren in The Audience

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Mirren: “The foundation of this award is an elegant and fleet play by Peter Morgan” and mentions director Stephen Daldry and designer Bob Crowley. She says Broadway actors make the Atlantic look like a little creek between here and London.

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Best featured actor — and the winner is: Richard McCabe in The Audience, who plays P.M. Harold Wilson. That’s two in a row for The Audience.

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Nominee Kelli O’Hara sings “Getting To Know You” from The King And I. How many time has she had to change outfits today? You get a great sense of the elegance, warmth and scale of this terrific revival. Itseques to nominee Ruthie Ann Miles singing the powerful “Something Wonderful.” What a score…And here’s Ken Watanabe with O’Hara singing the show’s electrifying peak, “Shall We Dance?” He puts his arm around her waist and they’re off — visions of Yul Brynner? Nah

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All the kids from The King And I engulf Alan and Kristin as the break to a commercial. 

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Best Lighting awards went to Natasha Katz and Paule Constable.

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Kelli O’Hara and cast of King & I perform onstage

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And best featured actor in a musical goes too….Chirstian Borle as Billy Big Boy (Shakespeare) in Something Rotten! With a special nod to Roger Rees “for teaching me that you don’t have to chase every mouse…”

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Here’s featured actress in a play, and the winner is: Annaleigh Ashford for You Can’t Take It With You. She’s in lime green with a sweetheart top.

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Featured actor in a musical winner Christian Borle in Something Rotten

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Tony Yazbeck  comes up from the audience to sing “I’m So Lucky To Be Me,” launching the number from On The Town. And here’s all the world being reiminded who wrote the ORIGINAL “New York, New York” — Leonard Bernstein and  Betty Comden & Adolph Green.

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Sadly, Kristin and Alan so far are game but a total bore — except for the King And I bit, a neat visual joke, they’ve had seriously uninspired material.

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Here’s featured actress in a play winner Annaleigh Ashford in You Can’t Take It With You

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They’ve just announced the award to Tommy Tune (which I posted earlier) and they’re doing a musical tribute that’s beyond horrible.

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Tommy Tune comes out to deliver the award for direction of a musical. And the winner is: Sam Gold for Fun Home. A very big win for this show.

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I can’t get over how awful that “tribute” to Tommy Tune was. A blot on Tony for all time.

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Here are Vanessa Hudgens and Victoria Clarke singing “The Night They Invented Champagne” from Gigi, one of the numbers indeference to shows not nominated for Best musical…

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In a kind of parody of acceptance speeches — intentional, I hope — Annaleigh Ashford thanked a most impressive laundry list of people including, “Every friend I’ve ever had, every teacher I’ve ever had and everyone I’ve ever met.” 

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The cast of On The Town performs onstage

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Lisa Kron won for book for Fun Home, and Kron and Jeanine Tesori for the score.

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Joel and Jennifer Grey introduce the number from Fun Home — how brilliant is that for a show about a daughter and her gay father? The number, featuring nominees Michael Cerveris, Beth Malone and Sydney Lucas. It’s utterly heartbreaking and brilliant. And the crowd loves it.

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Joel and Jennifer Grey introduce the number from Fun Home — how brilliant is that for a show about a daughter and her gay father? The number, featuring nominees Michael Cerveris, Beth Malone and Sydney Lucas. It’s utterly heartbreaking and brilliant. And the crowd loves it. Sydney Lucas is just astounding as the young daughter in Fun Home. Will too many nominees split that award?

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Kristin appears as E.T. Alan: “Kristin, I said Fun Home…

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Here comes best direction of a play: And the winner is: Marrianne Elliot for Curious Incident.

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Robert Fairchild and Leann Cope pas-de-deuxing against Bob Crowley’s marvelous backdrop for An American In Paris, segueing into “‘SWonderful.” and then “I Got Rhythm.” Looks great on TV.

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Note to Michael Riedel as featured in his tux in today’s NY Post: Don Draper would NEVER shop at Paul Stuart. He was Brooks Brothers all the way. Bert Cooper, on the other hand, was a classic Paul Stuart customer.

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The Best Book and Best Score awards to Fun Home are historic — an all female team. By the way, it’s a smashing musical.

Now we’re seeing a clip job on the plays. Larry David followed by Bradley Cooper as the Elephant Man — now that’s oddly funny. The whole routine is disembodied and disorienting and … stupid.

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Here comes best featured actress in a musical, and the winner is….Ruthie Ann Miles for The King And I. No way anyone from Fun Home could have won. 

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Here comes best featured actress in a musical, and the winner is….Ruthie Ann Miles for The King And I. No way anyone from Fun Home could have won. 

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The number from best revival nominee On The Twentieth Century comes across pretty well on the small screen and Chenoweth folly comes to life in her natural role as star of the show. But I don’t think it’s going to sell many tickets. It has neither the fun of Something Rotten! nor the emotional gut wrench of Fun Home or the sex appeal of The King And I

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Best choreography went to Christopher Wheeldon for An American In Paris, which also won for best orchestrations.

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Best Play goes to: Curious Incident, not unexpected but a disappointment for the many supporters of Hand To God.

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Here’s Chita Rivera geting an ovation for her song from The Visit. No sign of her original co-star Roger Rees who has left the production, at least temporarily.

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Curious Incident wins for best pay set; Bob Crowley and 59 Productions for An American In Paris.

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Best Revival of a Play goes to: Skylight.

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Gracious speech from producer Scott Rudin, noting the production is the “happy occasion of a 25-year friendship:” with co-producer Robert Fox, playwright David Hare and director Stephen Daldry. Rudin points out the rather astonishing fact that this Tony is Hare’s first despite the fact that he has been among the most prolific and celebrated playwrights (and screenwriters) of our times.

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“Stronger” from Finding Neverland is a bust. Overblown and underwhelming, Too bad for stars Matthew Morrison and Kelsey Grammer.

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Alan Cumming and Kristin Chenoweth onstage 

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I think I have to point out that the Tony for best play revival doesn’t actually go to the author, only to the producers. Which takes away nothing from David Hare’s great great play.

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Wolf Hall wins for best play costumes; King And I wins for best musical’s costumes. That’s Christopher Oram and Catherine Zuber.

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Vanessa Hudgens and the cast of Gigi perform onstage

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Best musical revival goes to The King And I

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Another shot of best revival of a musical winner The King And I. Kelli O’Hara and Ken Watanabe perform with the cast onstage.

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David Hyde Pierce gives a touching intro to the number from his production of It Shoulda Been You, a letter from a theatergoer who identified with the show’s celebration of a plus-size heroine.

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Man they sure are pushing Josh Groban…

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Judith Light comes on presenting the award for best actor in a play: Alex Sharp for Curious Incident, recruited right out of Juilliard. Holding this is insane! he says 

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Judith Light comes on presenting the award for best actor in a play: Alex Sharp for Curious Incident, recruited right out of Juilliard. Holding this is insane! he says. 

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Curious Incident has won five of the six categories in which it was nominated (it lost for the odd nomination in choreography).

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Uh oh — Josh Groban singing “You’ll Never Walk Alone” for the In Memoriam segment. Beyond beyond horrible. What were they thinking?

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He’s backed by all the choruses from the musicals. A nice touch. But still horrible.

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Bernadette Peters will announce best actor in a musical. She’s wearing Zac Posen in the most hideous shade of green I’ve ever seen. And the award goes to Michael Cerveris, Fun Home.

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Neil Patrick Harris gets a warm welcome but recalls the lousy locked-box bit from last year. He presents best actress in a musical. And the winner is Kelli O’Hara. A big hooray. Her first Tony after 5,000 nominations

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OK, five nominations til now. Wonderful speech, funny and warm and a shout out to hers and Kristin’s voice teacher.

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Finally Kristin is funny — barely hiding her disappointment behind an “OK yeah I’m cool snarl,” over her loss as Kelli does a jig off the stage. 

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Did Larry David just make a joke about anti-Semitism denying him and Harvey Weinstein nominations??? He did!!! Hilarious.

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And the best musical winner is Fun Home. That’s huge, just huge.

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They’re running out of time and still have  to do Jersey Boys?  CUT IT. Nah.

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And there it is: Fun Home and Curious Incident win the big ones; King and I and Skylight win the revivals and Kelli O’Hara finally goes home with a Tony. Stay tuned for my analysis of the evening.