For those who don’t live in New York, it can be tough to catch all of the year’s best Broadway theater – and even for those who do live in New York, it can be expensive. However, fans all over the world can tune in to the 69th annual Tony Awards Sunday to get a taste of the 2014-2015 season’s most notable shows and see the best performances honored. Broadway’s biggest night kicks off at 8 p.m. EDT on CBS.
Here are five things you need to know before Sunday’s awards ceremony:
1. The Nominees
“The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time,” “Disgraced,” “Hand to God” and “Wolf Hall Parts One & Two” will compete for best play, while “An American in Paris,” “Fun Home,” “Something Rotten!” and “The Visit” will vie for best musical. Some of the acting nominees are Bradley Cooper (“The Elephant Man”), Elisabeth Moss (“The Heidi Chronicles”) and Helen Mirren (“The Audience”).
2. The Hosts
Alan Cumming and Kristin Chenoweth will handle hosting duties.
Cumming is a veteran stage actor best known on Broadway as the Master of Ceremonies in multiple revivals of “Cabaret,” a role that earned the Scottish actor a Tony in 1998. Cumming has a long list of film and television credits; he has received two Emmy nominations for his portrayal of campaign strategist Eli Gold on "The Good Wife."
Chenoweth is a celebrated Broadway actress who won a Tony in 1999 for her performance as Sally Brown in “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown.” However, Chenoweth is most famous onstage for originating the role of Glinda the Good in “Wicked.” On television, Chenoweth has had recurring roles on "Glee," “The West Wing” and “Pushing Daisies,” the last of which won her a supporting actress Emmy in 2009.
Chenoweth is also a nominee on Sunday for her role in the musical revival “On the Twentieth Century.”
3. The Performances
The live performances will give fans an exciting survey of the year’s best musicals, including a medley of songs from “On the Twentieth Century,” featuring Chenoweth; “Getting to Know You” and “Shall We Dance?” from “The King and I,” featuring Kelli O’Hara, Ken Watanabe and Ruthie Ann Miles;“Ring of Keys” from “Fun Home”; “A Musical,” featuring the cast of “Something Rotten!”; and a medley featuring the cast of “An American in Paris.”
Plus, singer Josh Groban will be joined by more than 175 singers and dancers for the largest performance in Tony Awards history.
4. The Presenters
Lots of guest presenters are lined up to hand out awards. They include Bradley Cooper, Neil Patrick Harris, Jim Parsons, Amanda Seyfried, Ashley Tisdale, Bryan Cranston, Thomas Sadoski, Taylor Schilling, Sting, Corey Stoll, Kiefer Sutherland, Rita Wilson, Jason Alexander, Rose Byrne, Bobby Cannavale, Larry David, Taye Diggs and more!
5. Second Screen
For those who cannot get enough of the action Sunday night, CBS is offering an added feature, “Second Screen,” to its broadcast. “Second Screen,” which will be available Sunday at 8 p.m. EDT here, will give fans a peek behind the scenes of the awards show with exclusive photos, video, trivia and more.
Watch a promo for the 69th annual Tony Awards below: