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Tonys Tap Two to Announce 2013 Nominations

Stage vets with TV presence, Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Sutton Foster, to name nominees

The Tony Awards have tapped two legiters with TV profiles, Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Sutton Foster, to announced the 2013 Tony nominations later this month.

Ferguson, who had logged several stage stints (“The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee”) before landing his gig in “Modern Family,” returns to Gotham theater regularly and is currently set to appear this summer in the Shakespeare in the Park production of “The Comedy of Errors.” Foster, the star of ABC Family skein “Bunheads,” won her second Tony in 2011 for her perf in “Anything Goes.”

Rialto execs also will be on hand for the noms, with a lineup that includes American Theater Wing chair William Ivey Long, ATW director Heather Hitchens, Broadway League chair Nick Scandalios and Charlotte St. Martin, the League’s exec director.

Nominations will be announced April 30 at the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts and broadcast live on CBS This Morning. Network also will air the ceremony live June 9. Kudofest returns this year to Radio City Music Hall, the awards’ home of several years, following a two-year stint at the Beacon Theater.

Eligibility cutoff for 2013 kudos is April 25. A number of of the season’s titles remain to open before then, including Tom Hanks starrer “Lucky Guy” (April 1) and tuner “Kinky Boots” (April 4) this week through to the revival of “Pippin,” now in previews and skedded to open April 25.

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