The Pre-Tony Awards Special: Theater Talk

May 29, 2019
Theater Talk Tony Special 2019. Photo: Kalin Ivanov.

Theater Talk Tony Special 2019. Photo: Kalin Ivanov.

Theater Talk’s 2019 Tony Awards Gala premieres Monday, June 3 at 10 p.m. on THIRTEEN.

The Emmy-winning series Theater Talk reunites prominent theater journalists to discuss the 2019 Tony Awards race in this special taped before a live audience at The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center. Series producer Susan Haskins (pictured with Emmy Award) and co-host Jesse Green welcome Ben Brantley, Adam Feldman, Michael Musto, Jan Simpson, Elisabeth Vincentelli, Jason Zinoman, and surprise guests.

Hear what critics have to say about the nominees in advance of the 73rd Tony Awards. Hosted by Tony Award winner and talk show host James Corden (One Man, Two Guvnors), the awards will be broadcast live on Sunday, June 9, 8-11 p.m. from Radio City Music Hall, on CBS. See all the nominations on the Tony Awards site.

The Theater Talk special covers the nominees, who was overlooked, the journalists’ favorites and their predictions. The theater critics also discuss the entire 2018-19 season, such as the trend of more “Downtown” and Off-Broadway-type plays like Hadestown and Gary, A Sequel to Titus Andronicus, making a splash on Broadway.

See 2019 Tony Nominees Here on THIRTEEN

Anthony Rosenthal, Betsy Wolfe, Tracie Thoms, Christian Borle, Stephanie J. Block, Brandon Uranowitz, and Andrew Rannells in the 2016 revival of Falsettos

Anthony Rosenthal, Betsy Wolfe, Tracie Thoms, Christian Borle, Stephanie J. Block, Brandon Uranowitz, and Andrew Rannells in the 2016 revival of Falsettos. Photo: Joan Marcus.

Stephanie Block (BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE IN A MUSICAL for The Cher Show) and Brandon Uranowitz (BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A FEATURED ROLE IN A PLAY for Burn This) were part of the ensemble of the Broadway revival of Falsettos. Live from Lincoln Center: Falsettos, filmed in 2016, receives an encore broadcast on Friday, June 7, 9–11:30 p.m.

The encore is honor of LGBT Pride Month as part of THIRTEEN Celebrates the Summer of ’69: 50 Years Later, which celebrates the golden anniversaries of pivotal moments in U.S. history, such as the Stonewall uprising.

Bryan Cranston (BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE IN A PLAY for Network) discusses his role in career with THIRTEEN’s MetroFocus, streaming now.

Watch Productions with THIRTEEN Passport

The following dramas and theater filmed for broadcast can be streamed through the member benefit THIRTEEN Passport and feature more 2019 Tony Award nominees.

Ruth Wilson in Mrs. Wilson – Masterpiece.

Ruth Wilson in Mrs. Wilson – Masterpiece.


Ruth Wilson (BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A FEATURED ROLE IN A PLAY for King Lear) stars in the recent Masterpiece drama Mrs. Wilson. Viewers loved this true story, which is based on the memoir of Wilson’s own grandmother, who discovered she wasn’t her husband’s only wife when he died.

Present Laughter, l to r: Kristine Nielsen, Kate Burton, Kevin Kline photo: © Joan Marcus

Present Laughter, l to r: Kristine Nielsen, Kate Burton, Kevin Kline. Photo: © Joan Marcus


Kristine Nielsen (BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A FEATURED ROLE IN A PLAY for Gary: A Sequel to Titus Andronicus) co-starred with Kevin Klein, Kate Burton and Cobie Smulders in Great Performances: Present Laughter, the Noël Coward comedy from 1942.

You won’t see BEST CHOREOGRAPHY nominees Denis Jones (Tootsie) and Warren Carlyle (Kiss Me, Kate) in our Great Performances productions, but you can see their respective choreography for Holiday Inn, The Irving Berlin Musical, and She Loves Me (starring Zachary Levi and Laura Benanti).

For more theater productions on THIRTEEN, see Theater Close-Up, which captures Off Broadway dramas and musicals exclusively for THIRTEEN audiences.