Welcome to Deadline’s live blog of the 70th annual Antoinette Perry Awards, better known as the Tonys, broadcast by CBS beginning at 8 PM New York time. As you undoubtedly know by now, an evening that has been anticipated as the final coronation of Hamilton, the musical sensation of this or pretty much any season, has been darkened by the news from Orlando, where an attack by a lone terrorist at the Pulse nightclub on Saturday night left 50 dead and 53 wounded. The Broadway community responded early by dedicating tonight’s event to the families of the victims, and it’s likely that the attack — which took place in a gay club and appears to have been a hate crime and terrorist act — will be on the minds of presenters, winners and the evening’s emcee, Late Late Show host and Tony winner James Corden.
As for the Tonys themselves, don’t forget that this has been, by universal acclaim, one of the best seasons in memory, the result being very tight races in many categories, and plenty of stars abounding in both the nominated categories and as presenters. And look for Barbra Streisand making her first Tony appearance since winning an honorary award 46 years ago. Greg Evans and Jeremy Gerard will be watching for all of that, with additional news from backstage at the Beacon Theatre.