The Tonys have deep ties to the LGBT community. Long before gay marriage entered the national conversation, Tony winners regularly were thanking their same-sex partners, reflecting the greater level of acceptance and visibility among the theater community compared to other branches of the entertainment industry.
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In recent years, the Tonys have frequently been hosted by out gay performers such as Sean Hayes, Alan Cumming and four-time host Neil Patrick Harris.
The Tonys will air live on CBS from New York's Beacon Theatre at 8 p.m. ET/PT time delay. James Corden will host the ceremony, which is expected to be dominated by Lin-Manuel Miranda's blockbuster hit, Hamilton, with a record 16 nominations.
This article originally appeared in THR.com.
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