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Patina Miller, Andrew Rannells to Announce Tony Nominations

Tony winner Patina Miller (“Pippin”) and Tony nominee Andrew Rannells (“The Book of Mormon”) will announce the 2016 Tony Awards nominations, set for May 3 at the Diamond Horseshoe in midtown Manhattan.

Miller made her Broadway debut in “Sister Act” in 2011 and scored a Tony for her 2013 turn in the cirque-infused revival of “Pippin.” Rannells earned his Tony nod in 2011 as one of the original leads of “The Book of Mormon” before going on to TV gigs on shows including “The New Normal” and “Girls.” More recently, he’s shown up on Broadway in “Hedwig and the Angry Inch” and “Hamilton.”

The Tony nominations signal the official start of theater awards-season frenzy, although nominations for other stage awards will be announced prior to the Tonys list. This year, the theater season had barely begun before it became clear that awards buzz would be dominated by “Hamilton.” That’s prompted the rise of some burning questions about exactly how the Tony race will shape up — questions that will largely be answered with the nominations list in early May.

The nominations also set the stage for the Tony Awards ceremony, broadcast annually on CBS and scheduled this year for June 12. James Corden hosts.

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