Tony Awards Nordstrom
by Brian Lipton
Tony Awards Nordstrom
Lin-Manuel Miranda with his wife Vanessa

Seattle-based retail Nordstrom will return for the third time as the official Red Carpet sponsor of the 71st annual Tony Awards, Broadway’s highest honor. This year’s ceremony, to be hosted by Kevin Spacey, will be held on Sunday, June 11 at 8:00pm at Radio City Music Hall. The red carpet will be broadcast live on and; the Tony Awards will be broadcast live on CBS-TV.

“The Tony Awards celebrate the very best of theatre in one inspiring night,” said Scott Meden, executive vice president and chief marketing officer for Nordstrom. “Nordstrom has been a long-time supporter of the arts and we’re proud to be the official red carpet sponsor of this beloved event for the third year, especially as we lead up to our Manhattan flagship store opening on Broadway and 57th Street.”

“We are thrilled that Nordstrom will once again bring glamour to the red carpet, while we celebrate the extraordinary performances and talent that we have on Broadway,” said Charlotte St. Martin, president of The Broadway League, and Heather Hitchens, president of the American Theatre Wing in a joint statement. “Their commitment to our community and to arts education make them the perfect partner for us.  Together we have been able to continually elevate the red carpet experience and content for our nominees, guests, media and fans.”

The musical Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812, starring 2017 Josh Groban, has 12 nominations; the revival of the musical Hello, Dolly!, starring Bette Midler and David Hyde Pierce, earned 10 nominations; and the musical Dear Evan Hansen, starring Ben Platt and co-written by Oscar winners Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, has nine nominations. In addition to the aforementioned stars, acting nominees also include Kevin Kline, Danny DeVito, Nathan Lane, Andrew Rannells, Sally Field, Laurie Metcalf, Cate Blanchett, Laura Linney, and Cynthia Nixon.