CMU at Broadway's Biggest Night

CMU at Broadway's Biggest NightCMU at Broadway's Biggest Night

At Tony Awards rehearsal, alumni Matt Bomer and Zachary Quinto tee up the CMU announcement

Join Carnegie Mellon University in celebrating the 68th Annual Tony Awards®, presented by the American Theatre Wing and The Broadway League.

The program will broadcast live from Radio City Music Hall in New York City on CBS, at 8 p.m. (ET) on Sunday, June 8.

From the university's educational partnership and first prime-time TV commercial to presenters and nominees, CMU has a leading role in the star-studded spectacular.

In April, the university became the first, exclusive higher education partner of the Tony Awards. During Sunday's telecast, the partnership and the "Tony Honor for Excellence in Theatre Education presented by Carnegie Mellon University" will be introduced by CMU alumni Zachary Quinto (A'99) of "Star Trek" and Broadway's "The Glass Menagerie" and Matt Bomer (A'00) of HBO's "The Normal Heart" and USA Network's "White Collar."

Nominations will be open to the public and accepted starting in September at and

Carnegie Mellon will premiere its first network, prime-time commercial during the broadcast. The animated spot, which highlights CMU's success in the arts, business, sciences and technology, will air twice during the Tony broadcast. Tony Award winner Billy Porter (A'91) recorded the voiceover.

Hosted by Tony Award winner, Academy Award®-nominated and Golden Globe®-winning actor Hugh Jackman, the 68th Annual Tony Awards also will feature appearances by Porter, Patrick Wilson (A'95) and Judith Light (A'70).

Six CMU alumni are nominated for Tony Awards, Broadway's highest honor.

The 2014 Tony Award nominees are:

Jamie DeRoy (producer) (A'67)
Best Musical, "A Gentleman's Guide To Love and Murder"

Sutton Foster
Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical, "Violet"

Peter Hylenski (A'97)
Best Sound Design of a Musical, "After Midnight"

Cherry Jones (A'78)
Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Play, "The Glass Menagerie"

Leigh Silverman (A'96)
Best Direction of a Musical, "Violet"

Paula Wagner (producer)
Best Play, "Mothers and Sons"

In addition, shows nominated for Best Musical include CMU alumni. Catherine Walker (A'01) is an ensemble cast member of "A Gentleman's Guide To Love and Murder," and Daisy Hobbs (A'10) is an ensemble cast member of "Aladdin."

"The Glass Menagerie" received seven nominations. Nicholas Rehberger (A'13) joined Jones and Quinto in the cast.

"Act One" received five nominations. CMU cast members include Bob Ari (A'71, '95) and Will Brill (A'09).

Alumni and friends are gathering in Pittsburgh, Silicon Valley and New York City to celebrate the festivities. No matter where you are, you can follow the fun with #CMUtonys on Twitter, Facebook and the Tony Awards "second screen," an interactive, online companion to the telecast. Live Red Carpet coverage begins at 7 p.m. (ET) at and CMU's Tony Awards site.

CMU alumni are no strangers to the Tony Awards stage at Radio City Music Hall. The School of Drama is the oldest degree-granting program in the United States and is celebrating its centennial.

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