Smash Vets Leslie Odom Jr. & Katharine McPhee Will Announce 2018 Tony Award Nominees

Smash Vets Leslie Odom Jr. & Katharine McPhee Will Announce 2018 Tony Award Nominees
Leslie Odom Jr. and Katharine McPhee Will Announce the Tony Nominations
Leslie Odom Jr. and Katharine McPhee will announce nominations for the 2018 Tony Awards next month.

Odom Jr. won a Tony in 2016 for his performance as Aaron Burr in “Hamilton.” McPhee, a former “American Idol” contestant who turned theatergoers’ heads as one of the leads of NBC’s Broadway-centric series “Smash,” is currently appearing in the lead role of the musical “Waitress.”

The producer has gotten back into the studio for the first time in a year and a half to make some wonderful music — with Michael Buble, who is expecting his third child with wife Luisana Lopilato after revealing their 4-year-old son Noah was battling cancer. The family later shared that the little boys treatment is progressing well.”

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“The Band’s Visit,” “Mean Girls” and “Frozen” are among the season’s new musicals eligible for Tony nominations this year, with “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child,” “Junk” and “Farinelli and the King” in the mix for the new play award. The play revival category could well prove unusually competitive, with well-received productions of “Angels in America,” “Three Tall Women” and “Lobby Hero” all eligible, along with the soon-to-open “The Iceman Cometh.”

A number of big names could land a spot on the nominees list, including Denzel Washington (“The Iceman Cometh”), Tina Fey (“Mean Girls”), Glenda Jackson (“Three Tall Women”), Mark Rylance (“Farinelli and the King”) and Andrew Garfield (“Angels in America”).

Leslie Odom Jr. & Katharine McPhee(Photos: Emilio Madrid-Kuser) Tony winner Leslie Odom Jr. and current Waitress star Katharine McPhee will host the 2018 Tony Award nominations announcement on May 1 at 8:30am. The pair of Smash alums will break the exciting news live from the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center. The announcement can be viewed live on CBS This Morning and on Facebook. Odom is a Tony winner for Hamilton whose stage credits also include Leap of Faith, Venice and Tick, Tick…BOOM! He has been seen on-screen in Murder on the Orient Express, Person of Interest and Smash, in which he appeared alongside McPhee. McPhee, who is currently making her Broadway debut as Jenna in Waitress, first vaulted to fame on season five of American Idol. In addition to her acclaimed turn on Smash, her screen résumé includes Scorpion, The Lost Wife of Robert Durst and In My Dreams. The 2018 Tony Awards ceremony will be held at Radio City Music Hall on June 10. The awards will be telecast live on CBS at 8:00pm.

Odom Jr. and McPhee will announce the Tony noms May 1, ahead of a June 10 ceremony at Radio City Music Hall. A host for the ceremony has not yet been set.

Leslie Odom Jr. won a Tony Award for Best Actor in a Musical in 2016 as Aaron Burr in the smash hit Hamilton. He also recently appeared in the 2017 film Murder on the Orient Express. Katharine McPhee recently made her Broadway debut as the lead in Waitress, and she stars in the CBS drama Scorpion. Both Odom and McPhee appeared in NBC cult favorite Smash.

The Tony Awards Nominations Announcement will be co-hosted by Tony and Grammy Award winner, Leslie Odom, Jr. and Katharine McPhee, who is currently starring in the Tony nominated musical Waitress. Also in attendance will be David Henry Hwang, Chairman of the American Theatre Wing; Heather Hitchens, President & CEO of the American Theatre Wing; Thomas Schumacher, Chairman of The Broadway League; Charlotte St. Martin, President of The Broadway League.

Bryan Bedder/Getty Images; Michael Loccisano/Getty Images Mary Kate Carr April 12, 2018 AT 10:48 AM EDT Leslie Odom Jr. and Katharine McPhee will cohost this year’s Tony nominations announcement, according to the American Theatre Wing.

The Tony Nominations can be viewed LIVE on May 1, 2018 at 8:30am ET on CBS This Morning and will be live streamed in their entirety at www.TonyAwards.com and www.Facebook.com/TheTonyAwards. Follow the Tony Awards on Twitter and Instagram for real-time updates on the nominees as they are announced (@TheTonyAwards). The entire announcement will also be available on TonyAwards.com after the event.

The announcements – always a brief event – will be made at The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center, with attendees including David Henry Hwang, Chairman of the American Theatre Wing; Heather Hitchens, President & CEO of the American Theatre Wing; Thomas Schumacher, Chairman of The Broadway League; Charlotte St. Martin, President of The Broadway League.

The American Theatre Wing's 72nd Annual Tony Awards will air on the CBS Television Network on Sunday, June 10, 2018 (8:00-11:00 PM, ET/delayed PT). The Tony Awards, which honors theatre professionals for distinguished achievement on Broadway, has been broadcast on CBS since 1978. The Tony Awards are presented by The Broadway League and the American Theatre Wing.

The Tony Awards nominations announcements will be co-hosted by Leslie Odom, Jr. (Hamilton) and Katharine McPhee (Waitress), the organization announced today.

See Katharine McPhee Take Her First Broadway Bow in Waitress

The official eligibility cut-off date will be Thursday, April 26, 2018, for all Broadway productions opening in the 2017-2018 season. Productions which meet all other eligibility requirements and open on or before the eligibility date are considered eligible for 2018 Tony Award nominations.

Katharine McPhee in “Waitress” (Photos: Emilio Madrid-Kuser) TV actress and American Idol runner-up Katharine McPhee told Broadway.com that wrapping up work on the Broadway-themed series Smash made her want to star on the Great White Way even more. She explained, "It was just like it was kind of a part of the Broadway community, but not 100 percent." McPhee made it 100 percent on April 10, when she took her first bow as Jenna Hunterson, the pie-making lead of Waitress. Check out the photo of McPhee excitedly making her Broadway debut below, and you can catch her limited engagement in the role through June 17. 

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