Hugh Jackman is the host of this year's Tony  Awards.
Hugh Jackman is the host of this year's Tony Awards.
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At long last, it's here. The 2014 Tony Awards are being presented tonight. Here are five things you need to know about Broadway's biggest evening.

1. The Tony Awards ceremony will be held at Radio City Music Hall and broadcast at 8pm on CBS. If you don't live in the U.S., here's a list of other places you can watch it.

2. Hugh Jackman, who will return to Broadway this fall in Jez Butterworth's drama The River, will host the show for the fourth time.

3. This year's list of Tony nominees is led by the new musical A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder, which received 10 nominations. Here's a full list.

4. The star-studded list of performers includes nominees Idina Menzel and Neil Patrick Harris, along with Sting, Patti LaBelle, and Jennifer Hudson.

5. You can follow TheaterMania all night on Facebook and Twitter for live updates as the show goes on. TheaterMania cartoonist Liza Donnelly will be live-cartooning the Tony Awards via TheaterMania's Twitter.

Want to know what some of this year's nominees have to say? Check out TheaterMania's interviews with them and hear their thoughts on the shows that earned them Tony nods:

Samuel Barnett, on playing Viola in Twelfth Night and Queen Elizabeth in Richard III

Christopher Barrecca, on creating the set of Rocky

Reed Birney, on transforming into Charlotte in Casa Valentina

Warren Carlyle, on directing and choreographing After Midnight

Bryan Cranston, on tackling the role of Lyndon B. Johnson in All the Way

Mary Bridget Davies, on playing Janis Joplin in A Night With Janis Joplin

Linda Emond, on playing Fraulein Schneider in Cabaret

Sarah Greene, on playing Helen in The Cripple of Inishmaan

Lena Hall, on playing Yitzhak in Hedwig and the Angry Inch

Neil Patrick Harris and John Cameron Mitchell, on the creation of Hedwig and the Angry Inch

Cherry Jones, on playing Amanda Wingfield in The Glass Menagerie

Anika Larsen, on playing Cynthia Weil in Beautiful — The Carole King Musical

Kelli O'Hara, on playing Francesca Johnson in The Bridges of Madison County

Sophie Okonedo, on playing Ruth Younger in A Raisin in the Sun

Rita Ryack, on costuming the men of Casa Valentina

Tony Shalhoub, on doubling as Moss Hart and George S. Kaufman in Act One

John Patrick Shanley, on the creation of Outside Mullingar

Leigh Silverman, on directing Violet

Jarrod Spector, on playing Barry Mann in Beautiful — The Carole King Musical

Jarrod Spector and Anika Larsen are 2014 Tony nominees for their performances as real-life songwriters Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil in Beautiful — The Carole King Musical.
Jarrod Spector and Anika Larsen are 2014 Tony nominees for their performances as real-life songwriters Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil in Beautiful — The Carole King Musical.
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