10 Things To Look Forward To At The Tony Awards®

1. The incredible talent

1. The incredible talent

The Tony Awards® bring together theater’s most skilled performers for a night filled with fantastic performances, glamour, and well-deserved recognition. This year’s ceremony will honor nominees such as Hollywood heavyweights Elisabeth Moss, Bradley Cooper, and Helen Mirren, as well as Broadway veterans Michael Cerveris, Kelli O'Hara, Tony Yazbeck, and many more.

(Photo: Jennifer Hudson sang her heart out during her performance of "Neverland" (from the musical Finding Neverland) at the 2014 Tony Awards®.)
2. The charming presenters

2. The charming presenters

Seeing who presents the awards is just as exciting as finding out who wins. Some of the charming presenters for the 69th Annual Tony Awards® will include Neil Patrick Harris, Jim Parsons, Bryan Cranston, Sugarland’s Jennifer Nettles, Ashley Tisdale, and Larry David.

(Photo: Hugh Jackman captivated the audience as the host of the 2014 Tony Awards®.)
3. The gorgeous gowns

3. The gorgeous gowns

Stage performers are often called triple-threats for their remarkable acting, singing, and dancing skills. But their stunning fashion choices have us thinking we should call them quadruple-threats. Having amazing style definitely counts as a defining trait, right?

(Photo: Maggie Gyllenhaal, star of The Real Thing, exuded grace as she presented at the 2014 Tony Awards®.) 
4. The huge musical numbers

4. The huge musical numbers

If you’re looking to be entertained and blown away, look no further than the Tony Awards®. Between the tear-jerking speeches and glitzy gowns, you’ll be front row for some of the most awe-inspiring musical performances. To top it all off, you can sit back and watch in the comfort of your own sweatpants—er, home.

(Photo: Dulé Hill celebrated the 2014 Tony Awards® in full swing with his musical number from After Midnight.)
5. The extraordinary costumes

5. The extraordinary costumes

It wouldn’t be the Tony Awards® without the world’s most exquisite costumes. From rhinestoned robes to electric spandex, these costumes will surely amaze you.

(Photo: James Monroe Iglehart, winner of the 2014 Tony Awards® Best Actor In A Featured Role In A Musical, made the audience's wishes come true with his portrayal of the Genie in Aladdin.)
6. The prestigious awards

6. The prestigious awards

You’ve seen the performances, you’ve listened to the soundtracks on repeat, and you can recite your favorite character’s best lines from memory. Sunday’s the night the nation gives your beloved Broadway actors the standing ovation they truly deserve.

(Photo: Neil Patrick Harris received the award for Best Performance By An Actor In A Leading Role In A Musical for Hedwig And The Angry Inch at the 2014 Tony Awards®.)
7. The vibrant makeup

7. The vibrant makeup

Stage makeup accomplishes the unthinkable by transforming our favorite actors into completely different people—or animals. From ’80s-inspired glam rock to fiercely fun jungle cats, theater’s top makeup artists work tirelessly behind-the-scenes to create the boldest looks.

(Photo: Neil Patrick Harris rocked out during a musical performance from Hedwig And The Angry Inch at the 2014 Tony Awards®.)
8. The rich history

8. The rich history

The Tony Awards® started in 1947 and is named after legendary actress Antoinette Perry, who inspired thousands through her work at the American Theatre wing. Now, 69 years later, the ceremony continues to honor Perry’s legacy by honoring those who have similarly moved audiences through their performances.

(Photo: Jefferson Mays performed a number from A Gentleman's Guide To Love And Murder, which won Best Musical at the 2014 Tony Awards®.)
9. The world of magic

9. The world of magic

Whether we’re transported to revolutionary France or the incredible land of Oz, Broadway theater allows us to experience a whole new world. Just watch out for falling houses!

(Photo: Jenni Barber and Christine Dwyer performed "For Good" in celebration of the 10th anniversary of Wicked at the 2014 Tony Awards®.)
10. The enchanting dance numbers

10. The enchanting dance numbers

Is there anything more impressive than someone who can tap dance in heels? We didn’t think so. The Tony Awards® feature some of the most visually stunning dance performances television has to offer. So, what are you waiting for? Strap on your dancing shoes and get excited, because the 69th Annual Tony Awards® are sure to move you in more ways than one!

(Photo: Gladys Knight, Fantasia, and Patti LaBelle kicked up their heels to perform a dance number from After Midnight at the 2014 Tony Awards®.)